The Day After Thanksgiving Is the Busiest Emergency Day of the Year for Veterinarians
It’s true we see more emergencies over the Thanksgiving holiday than any other time of year. What should be a wonderful time of gathering with family and friends can go downhill quickly if one of your loving pets becomes seriously ill. Here are 9 Thanksgiving pet safety tips for you to do to keep your pets safe this holiday.
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
Keep Holiday Food Away from Your Pets
- If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer your pet raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass–the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract. Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis.
- Some foods that are healthy for humans are toxic to pets. Do not let them get near these foods -onions, scallions, chives, garlic, raisins or grapes.
- Desserts and other sweet foods are not for pets. No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
- Overeating on Thanksgiving is not advised for anyone but is often ignored on this holiday. Keep an eye on your pets, make sure children and guests are not sharing food with them and if you think they too may have had too much to eat or may have got hold of a yeast dough, then you need to watch out for bloating, which can be very dangerous.
- Give your pets a healthy treat with their dinner. Green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes can be good choices for them.
- Keep the trash can away from your pets. This area is often overlooked on a busy holiday, a turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging.
- Don’t leave unattended drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, where pets can reach them. Even small amounts of alcohol can trigger life threatening levels of toxicity, including a dangerous condition called metabolic acidosis.
Keep Your Pets from Getting Lost
- Monitor the exits. As people are coming and going in your home it can be very easy and tempting for your cat or dog to go outside and become lost.
- Make sure your pet has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-to-date, registered information. That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to us about the benefits of this simple procedure. Don’t wait until it is too late. take care of this today.
Schedule an appointment to day to get your pet microchipped before the holiday. Call (918) 258-0040. Village Vet Animal Clinic, Broken Arrow, OK.