The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for family, friends… and food. Lots and lots of food. For many pet owners, this can be a stressful time, as they worry about their furry friends getting into the holiday feast. However, with a little planning and preparation, you can keep your pet safe and enjoy the holiday season stress-free. By following our simple tips, you can help to ensure that your pet has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Pets beg because they know it works. But resist the temptation to give in and feed them table scraps. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that can be life-threatening. Turkey skin is also a hazard because it can get stuck in your pet's throat or cause an intestinal blockage. And chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep those dessert plates out of reach!
Here are some unsafe foods that pets can NOT consume:
• Turkey bones, turkey skin, and turkey gravy
• Yeast dough/raw dough
Here are some safe foods that pets CAN consume:
• Turkey meat
• Green beans
• Sweet potatoes
If you notice that your dog has eaten something from the unsafe foods list, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. If he/she reacts badly after consuming a food item marked as "safe" then there might be an allergy or other issue with this particular meal, and they should see their vet right away!
With all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, it's easy to forget about your furry friends. But leaving them alone for too long can be stressful and dangerous. If possible, have someone check on them every few hours to make sure they have food, water, and a clean litter box or yard. And never leave them unsupervised around candles, fireplaces, or space heaters.
With all the coming and going on Thanksgiving Day, it's important to keep your pets away from the door to prevent them from slipping out unnoticed. Put up a baby gate or keep them in a quiet room where they can't get underfoot or escape.
Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family, friends and loved ones. However, it’s also important to remember that your pets are an important part of the family as well. That’s why we want to remind our readers to keep their pets safe this holiday season. Be sure to keep them away from any food or drinks that may be harmful and always have plenty of fresh water available. If you need help keeping your pet healthy and safe during the holidays, don’t hesitate to call us. We would be more than happy to offer advice or book an appointment for your furry friend. We believe by following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your pets have a happy and safe holiday season!