Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday full of great food and family gatherings, but there are potential hazards for our furry family members. Here are some tips for avoiding an unplanned visit to the vet this Thanksgiving:
Some pets are true "party animals", but many get anxious with a lot of people coming and going. Be sure that your pet has a quiet, comfortable space to hang out if things get overwhelming.
If you are hosting this year, be sure that your pets are safely contained while guests are arriving and departing. You don't want to spend the holiday combing the neighborhood for a lost pet!
Many "people foods" can be dangerous to pets. Make sure to keep food and any alcoholic beverages well out of their reach.
It's fine to share a FEW nibbles of turkey with your pet. Just be sure that it is boneless and fully cooked. Bones are not only choking hazards, but can cause intestinal blockages. Raw, or undercooked, turkey may contain salmonella.
Sage, and other herbs, contains essential oils that can cause gastrointestinal upset, especially to cats. Keep the pets out of the stuffing!
Baking bread for the feast? No raw bread dough for the pets! The yeast in bread dough will cause it to rise in your pet's tummy which could become a life-threatening emergency.
It is a feast day and we want to share the bounty with our 4-legged family members, but keep it to a minimum. They won't be thankful for a belly-ache, stomach upset, diarrhea, or worse- pancreatitis.