Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving

thanksgiving cardThe holiday season is upon us! While we enjoy getting together with friends and family partaking in holiday feasts, this season means possible distress for our pets. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on under-cooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

It’s best to stick to your pet’s regular diet! But….
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or under-cooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not feed bones to your pet as cooked bones are brittle and ingesting them will harm to your pet’s digestive tract.

When making bread….
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to veterinary experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

cat dressed like turkeySome holiday foods you can give……
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato with no butter or even a lick of plain pumpkin before it goes into the pie shouldn’t pose a problem. Safer yet would be raw baby carrots, uncooked slices of sweet potatoes (no butter or cinnamon) or green beans (without the mushroom soup or onions).

Not to be a Debbie Downer…… Allowing your pets to indulge in any of the wonderful eats of the season may cause stomach upset, diarrhea or even pancreatitis — an inflammatory condition of the pancreas. The best thing to do is best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

The American Veterinary Medical Association provides more information about Thanksgiving safety, including traveling with your pet: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/thanksgiving-pet-safety.aspx

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Halloween Safety!

Emily A Halloween WindowHalloween is a very exciting time for children and adults, but what about your pet? Is your pet afraid of strange looking things? Does your pet get upset when the doorbell rings? Halloween can cause stress in your pet. Here are some ways to ensure everyone – 2 legged and 4 legged – can have a fun Halloween!

Keep your pet indoors. Whether you have a dog or cat, they should not be left unattended outside. While you are a pet lover, sadly there are people who are not kind to animals. Black cats are especially unjustly targeted this time of year.

Make sure your pet has  a collar with identification tags on. In the event Leo maralloHoudini runs out of an open door, a pet tags and a microchip will help your pet get back home if lost. Put a gate across your door or keep your pet contained in a crate or closed room to reduce the chance of him or her getting out.

Candy is NOT for animals! Not only is chocolate and the sugar substitute  Xylitol dangerous to pets, so too are the wrappers! With no opposable thumbs, pets don’t take the candy out before eating it. Keep bowls and bags out of your pet’s reach!

Halloween Dangers to Dogs & Cats

Dill and Pickles KnudsenWatch out for that tail! A dog or cat’s tail can wreak havoc on candle. Put candles where you pet can’t knock them over!

For more tips to enjoy a safe Halloween with your pet, watch this short video from the American Veterinary Medical Association.



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