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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

'Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts - but not for our furry friends.  Pets won't be so thankful if they munch on some turkey or a floral arrangement that upsets their tummy!  Check out these following tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy too!


The most common problems that pets encounter during the holiday season is overeating or eating inappropriate foods.  People are inclined to let pets have a special treat or meal.  Dogs and cats can get very serious vomiting and diarrhea from eating foods they aren't used to. This includes rich sauces, fatty meats, turkey skin, ice cream, and cookies.

Make sure that all Thanksgiving foods are in an area that is unreachable to pets. Even the most well behaved dogs or cats can be tempted to go "counter surfing" to find a special treat.


Another problem around the holidays is the ingestion of bones.  Bones, paticularly poultry bones, can cause serious problems when eaten.  It only takes one bone, swallowed whole or in large, sharp pieces, to cause serious damage and blockage.

Be sure to place the unwanted turkey leftovers in an area that pets can't get to.  Also, it's a good idea to use a garbage can that has a locking lid.


The third most common and serious holiday danger is toxicities, paticularly associated with chocolate, raisins, or grapes. Raisins and grapes are a little known problem, but even small amounts can cause severe, life threatening kidney faliure.  This includes raisins found in other foods like cakes and stuffing.  Just make sure your pet only gets treats made for them.

Plants can also be toxic.  Poinsettias, mistletoe, holly berries and some Christmas trees (cedar) can be harmful to dogs, cats, birds, and even children!  So pet owners should learn what plants are toxic and avoid bringing those particular plants in the home.  Even non-toxic plants can cause quite an upset stomach if ingested by a dog or cat, so keep "safe" plants well out of the reach of pets.


Pets can experience stress and anxiety with a break in their normal routine, people constantly going in and out of the house, and elevated noise levels.  Make sure to provide your pet a quiet, safe place in your home for them to relax in.  This can be a closed room or a warm bed with a familiar toy.  Also, here at South Trail Animal Hospital we can board your furry friend for the day or longer.  See our boarding page for more information!

Happy Thanksgiving from South Trail Animal Hospital!

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