It's almost Thanksgiving - a time to gather with family and friends, pets included. Keep in mind, there can be dangers for your pet. Here is a list of potential Thanksgiving hazards for dogs and cats:
Refrain from feeding pets during your big meal. Human food can give pets intestinal problems (vomiting and diarrhea) as well as more life-threatening issues such as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) due to the fatty foods. Also, bones can cause a choking hazard, and if ingested they can block the intestines and result in a potential surgery;
Eating from the garbage
The trash can be very appealing to a pet. Even the most well-behaved pet can be tempted. Rummaging through the garbage, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis or intestinal blockage. Ensure all garbage is out of your pet’s reach.
Just as we love the wonderful smells coming from the oven while the turkey and casserole are baking, so does your pet! Please keep your pet far from the oven or stove to prevent burns.
Many of us grill during the holidays, and the drippings can be a tasty treat for your furry friend. Grill drippings are usually fatty, greasy meat scraps—presenting another risk for pancreatitis. Make sure you clean up any spills before your pet does!
Avoid The Following Thanksgiving Emergencies
Things can be crazy around the house during the holiday with many visitors. Even the most vigilant pet parents may be distracted and find out their pet was naughty! If you notice any of the following symptoms, take your pet to your vet immediately.
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Change in overall behavior
Make sure to have your vet's phone number and address handy as well as the information of a 24-hour emergency hospital.
- Dr. Jaime Pickett