Thanksgiving is a time for good food and celebration, but it can be potentially dangerous for pets. Veterinarians, for example, see an increase in the number of pets suffering from digestive problems during the holidays. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe and happy during the Thanksgiving holiday.

1. If you feed your dog or cat turkey, make sure it’s properly cooked; undercooked turkey may contain salmonella.

2. Turkey bones are hollow and can easily splinter or become lodged in an animal’s digestive tract, so avoid feeding these to your pet, and keep the turkey carcass out of reach.

3. Onions and garlic can be toxic to cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, so refrain from feeding dishes with these ingredients to your pets.

4. Politely ask guests not to share their scraps with your pet. Having a stuffed Kong ready can help distract begging dogs at mealtime.

5. Use candles with caution. Kittens in particular may try to play with candles by batting them with their paws.

6. Be sure that your pets have identification tags with current information. During large gatherings with numerous people coming and going, it’s easy for a pet to slip outside and become lost.

7. Be sensitive to your pet’s temperament. If you are hosting, consider keeping fearful or food-aggressive pets in another part of your home. Excitable dogs make better hosts when they’ve been well exercised before guests arrive.

8. Small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs are sensitive to noise, so if your household is noisier and more chaotic than usual, consider covering their cages with a blanket or moving them to a quiet, warm place in the house. Keep their routine, including feeding and playtime, as normal as possible otherwise.