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Posted on 11-21-2017

Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin: Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

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At Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, our Austin veterinarian and team is here to serve your pets with the highest standard of care all year-round. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we thought now would be a fitting time to remind pet owners of some important dog and cat safety tips for holiday gatherings.

Pet Safety Tips to Remember This Thanksgiving

Unfortunately, we see a number of emergency situations each year around the holidays. Often times, this has to do with pets ingesting or eating things they shouldn't have, or even being fed "human food" that can be toxic to pets. We understand that you may want your pet to enjoy a special treat on Thanksgiving, too. After all, they're part of the family. But remember that certain foods can be toxic to dogs and cats. Foods you should NOT feed your pet include:

  • Chocolate
  • Turkey
  • Salt
  • Avocado
  • Garlic
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Coffee
  • Dairy
  • Onions
  • Yeast/Dough


Chocolate is an example of one food that can be toxic to your pet. Even turkey with the skin on or with lots of fat on it can cause severe digestive problems for your pet. And of course, pieces of meat with small bones in it can present a choking hazard to a pet who may not know any better.

With all this in mind, it's generally best to forego giving your pets any table scraps and to remind your guests of this as well. As a treat, consider something pet safe, such as plain pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie!). And because pets can be sneaky, you'll also want to make sure that all plates and serving dishes are out of reach of your pet. If needed, separate pets in a room with a closed door while you and your family are enjoying dinner.

When to See Our Emergency Vet Austin

If your pet does ingest something he or she shouldn't have and begins to show signs of illness such as vomiting, lethargy, or diarrhea, we encourage you to see our emergency vet Austin right away. You can reach us by calling our North 183 location (which is open 24 hours) at (512) 331-6121 or South at 512-899-0955 (nights, weekends and holidays).

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