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Navigating Thanksgiving

11-11-17 7:42 PM by Tillema Vet Clinic
Navigating Thanksgiving

 Navigating Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving. A day for us to stuff turkeys and ourselves full of holiday cheer. Though turkey and all the trimmings may be great for us, it can mean serious problems for our furry friends. Make sure your pet stays clear of the kitchen to avoid any accidental ingestion of bones or other harmful and possibly toxic foods. Remember to keep the feast on the table and not under it. Pancreatitis is a painful condition that can be caused by a high fat diet or table scraps that are not normally part of your pets diet. Chocolate and pies may contain the artificial sweetener called Xylitol - commonly used in gum and sugar free baked goods- which can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats. Additionally, chocolate contains an ingredient called Theobromine as well as caffeine. These two ingredients can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle rigidity, increased heart rate and seizures. It's best to make sure that your pet stays clear of any sweets this holiday to make sure that your furry family member stays safe. Yeast and dough can also cause problems for your pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating. Make sure your pet doesn't have a way to get onto the counter to sneak a snack as well!
Put trash away where your pets can't find it. A turkey carcass that is sitting out or easily accessible in an open trash can could be deadly to your family pet. Make sure to dispose of the turkey carcass and any strings, ties, or wires that were used to wrap or tie the meat, in a secured trash bag and placed in a tightly secured trash bag/container and placed outdoors(or behind a locked door). Choose decorative plants wisely, some you might want to avoid are Amaryllis, Baby's Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, Hydrangeas, and more. Quick action can save your pets life! If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn't have, call a local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.
Last but not least, don't forget yourself and your guests! Food-borne illnesses while cooking your Thanksgiving feast can mean trouble! Hand washing, and safe food handling/preparation are important to make sure your holiday is a happy one!
Here is a helpful list of eats for your pet to AVOID this holiday season:
  • -Stuffing
  • -Pumpkin Pie(and any fruit pies in general)
  • -Turkey legs (or any turkey with bones)
  • -Chocolate and sweets
  • -Gravy
  • -Yeast/Dough
  • -Decorative Plants (Amaryllis, Baby's Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, Hydrangeas)
We hope your family and your pets have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
We will be closed on Thanksgiving, but will be open for all your pet care needs on Friday November 24th from 8:30am - 5:00pm.