Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and feasts - but also a time to ensure our pets’ safety. Our pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on under cooked turkey, a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.
Check out the following tips for a safe Thanksgiving so that your pets can enjoy too.
1. If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don't offer him/her raw or under cooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
2. Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste great, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression in pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
3. Nothing tastes better than a fresh bread roll, but if raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in their stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
4. It is very tempting to share our dinner with our pets however, allowing your pets to overindulge could lead to a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse - an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it's best to keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.
5. While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them pet safe chews or toys that you can stuff with treats. This will give them their own little feast to keep them happily occupied for a while.
And remember if any of these mishaps occur, please call us immediately!