Thanksgiving is a happy time full of family, food and giving.
Sometimes however, this holiday can lead to illness for our pets. We experience an increased number of office calls due to digestive problems after the holidays because humans invite their animals to celebrate with high fat meals (ham, gravy, turkey skin), chocolates, bones, etc. Here are some basic tips to help your pets enjoy a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Stuff your turkey, not your pets!
Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or life-threatening conditions such as bloat or pancreatitis. If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it is skinless, boneless, and well-cooked. Do not offer your pet raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Also, cooked turkey bones can be sharp and can pose a real danger to your dog mouth and digestive system. Do not leave plates with bones or the turkey carcass where your pet can reach them. If your dog has been known to dig through the garbage, it is best to take the garbage outside right away or make sure it is securely fastened.
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
No Bread Dough
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. When raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.
Don’t Cry Over Onions
Onions are toxic to cats and dogs. They can lead to a dangerous form of anemia that may not be detected for days. Make sure your pets stay away from the pearly whites, and yellows, and reds.
If you have any concerns with your pet, please call us 561-784-7387
Have a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving