Thanksgiving Pet Tips

Thanksgiving Pet Tips

Most pet owners love to share food with their pets, and what better time to do it than on Thanksgiving, right?
The problem with this philosophy is, foods that are too rich, too fatty or too spicy, or anything your pet's not accustomed to, can trigger a bout of intestinal upset. For some animals, the treat can trigger serious inflammation of the pancreas or intestine, and that could mean a life-threatening illness.

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to spend quality time together, and hopefully this time is not spent at a pet emergency facility or your regular veterinarian’s office. We want everyone to have the safest and happiest holiday for you and four legged loved ones.

Foods to avoid

Anything that you wouldn't eat, your pet should avoid, too. This doesn’t mean just because you don’t like something you should let Fido dig in. On occasion, a little bit of lean meat, beef or poultry can be added to your pet's meal. Avoid any of the fatty parts and poultry skin, and definitely NO GRAVY!

Cooked poultry bones may seem like a good alternative to the same old squeaker toy, but do your dog and cat a favor and save them for the soup. Even the largest turkey bones are prone to splintering, sending shards through the animal's intestines. Should one pierce through the lining, the result can be deadly peritonitis.

While waiting for your Thanksgiving feast, avoid sharing those tasty appetizers too. What about the tempting sweets staring at you from the bowl on the coffee table? Put them out of reach, so your pets don't help themselves. Chocolate is extremely harmful for dogs and cats so be sure they have no access to this tempting treat either.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the rest of the holiday season looms ahead. It's a busy time, but you need to make sure in the hustle and bustle that you aren't ignoring any of these dangers to your pets.

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