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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