House rules – please be sure to establish clear expectations for guests and children. Ideally, your pets will not be fed any items without asking your permission first. Guests should also be encouraged to avoid leaving unattended food on easy to access areas such as a coffee table. The trash should always be hard to access!
As a general rule, even though turkey, plain green beans, a small amount of plain cranberry sauce, or plain macaroni are unlikely to cause GI upset, by introducing too many new foods at once, there is a higher risk for gastrointestinal upset.
Keep pets away from the oven and other hot surfaces. Strings, foil, and other packaging items can be harmful if swallowed. Please make sure all of these materials are disposed of properly.
Raisins or grapes - these have been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.
Turkey bones - they can become lodged in your pet's esophagus and can splinter, leading to perforations of the intestinal tract.
Fruit pits (including avocados) - can cause intestinal blockage; some contain cyanide, a potent toxin.
Onions or garlic - in large amounts, alliums can cause toxic anemia.
Nutmeg - can cause seizures in large amounts.
Nuts (especially walnuts and macadamia nuts) - can cause neurological and cardiovascular deficits.
Alcohol - pets are highly susceptible to alcohol poisoning.
Desserts - even very small amounts of dark, semi-sweet, or baker's chocolate can be toxic to your pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, a toxic stimulant. Additionally, artificial sweeteners such as xylitol can cause acute hypoglycemia.
Decorative plants or flowers - remember that countless numbers of plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. Please be sure to keep new plants out of reach - especially lilies, which cause acute kidney failure in cats.