Maryland Avenue Pet Hospital

96 East Maryland Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55117


Thanksgiving Safety for your Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.   Here are a few things to help keep your pets safe during the feast:

Keep the Feast on the Table:

As harmless as a small scrap or two can seem, even in small amounts turkey or turkey skin can cause a life-threatening condition called pancreatits.  Not only are fatty foods difficult on a pets digestive system but many foods that are harmless to us are poisonous to animals.  Make sure your guests are on the same page about keeping food from your pets!

Make sure to keep the trash can out of the way.  This is especially important to decrease the risk of your pet getting into the remains of the turkey and ingesting bones.

Be careful of holiday plants in the household as many plants are toxic to pets.

Click here for a complete list of toxic food and plants.

Keep Your Pets Secured in the House:

If you pet is a little anxious about large crowds make sure they have a place to their own when your guests are over.  Make sure to keep your pet secure when your guests are arriving so they aren't able to get out of the house.  It's always a good idea to have your pet microchipped so if they were to ever get out they can easily be identified as your pet.

Know What to Look For:

Some signs that your pet is in distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting or diarrhea.  If your pet is experiencing any of these call us immediately.  If you suspect your pet has ingested something you can also contact the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

Have fun and be safe this Thanksgiving!