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Thanksgiving Dangers

 Toxic Ingestion & Poison Risks For Pets

When it comes to puppy care and kitten care, our veterinarians at All Creatures Hospital are available to guide with proper pet care. A pet wellness exam is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to caring for your pet. If you live in or around Del Mar or Carmel Valley and it has been a while since your furry friend has visited us, now is a great time to schedule an appointment.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, one of the things our veterinarians may discuss with you is toxic ingestion and poisoning. It may be tempting to share your Thanksgiving meal with your pet, but sharing human food with pets may quickly ruin your holiday. Keep a close eye on your pets during the Thanksgiving meal and make sure to keep them away from the following foods.


One of the most common dishes served at Thanksgiving meals is stuffing. Unfortunately, stuffing often contains ingredients that may be poisonous for your pet. Some ingredients in stuffing that are poisonous for your pet include:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Chives

These ingredients, especially onions, can damage the membranes of red blood cells, which leads to anemia. After your pet eats onions, it may experience diarrhea, vomiting, a high heart rate, and weakness. It may take a while for the symptoms to occur, but if your pet has signs of poisoning even a couple of days after Thanksgiving, it is important to contact your veterinarian for a pet exam immediately.


Although your cat may not be interested in many deserts, dogs will typically try anything, including chocolate, which is very toxic for pets. Thanksgiving meals are usually incomplete without a variety of sweets, so be mindful of your pet when you and your guests are indulging in sweets. Along with chocolate being dangerous for pets, another dangerous dessert ingredient is xylitol (artificial sweetener), which can cause blood sugar levels to drop to dangerous levels and can cause liver failure in some dogs.

Get Emergency Veterinary Care at All Creatures Hospital

An important part of pet care is attending routine pet wellness exams. We provide wellness exams as well as emergency veterinary care when your furry friend nibbles on something it shouldn’t. If you live in or around Del Mar or Carmel Valley and notice your pet is suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, or convulsions, contact one of our veterinarians at All Creatures Hospital right away. Call our team today at (858) 481-7992 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.

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