Ahh, another delicious holiday is upon us! While you are enjoying your turkey and stuffing, make sure you are being mindful of your furry pals! Thanksgiving can be a dangerous day for pets, but with a little extra caution, your day can be safe and wonderful for all.
As the main attraction of Thanksgiving is the food, you may want to include your dog or cat in the holiday festivities. It’s ok to give them a small amount of fully cooked, white meat from the turkey but DO NOT give them any bones! When bones are cooked, they become brittle and can splinter and get stuck in your pets throat or intestines. This can be very painful and life threatening. Why white meat? The dark meat is fattier and can cause tummy troubles in your pet. Nobody wants to deal with their pet having diarrhea or vomiting while they’re entertaining their guests.
Most people know that garlic and onions are not safe for pets. They can cause damage to red blood cells, which can lead to the cells not being able to carry oxygen. They can also cause anemia, which in severe cases can lead to organ damage, organ failure, or even death. If you suspect your pet has eaten garlic or onions, call your veterinarian immediately. If caught early, treatment can be fairly simple.
The meal is done and everyone has begun to clean up. Be sure you secure the trash! Dogs and cats are notorious for pawing through the trash looking for some yummy “leftovers”. Not only do you not want to wake up to trash slung all over your home, but you also don’t want to bring your pet in to the vet for a foreign body.
One last tip for the holidays. Make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date! Have you moved or changed phone numbers recently? Be sure to update the information for your pet’s chip! With all the guests coming in and out all day, it’s easy for your pet to slip out the door and take off!
We hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with friends and family!