Veterinarians’ Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Manhattan Beach VeterinariansBe Thankful & Safe With These Tips From Our Veterinarians!

At the top of most family’s list of what we are thankful for is our pets! But when the house is filled with guests, pets can get stressed. And sharing our holiday food and fun with our furry friends, can carry some serious health hazards for cats, dogs and other household pets. Follow these Safety Tips from our veterinarians to keep your canine & feline companions safe during Thanksgiving!

Veterinarian Tip #1
Do Not Share Your Holiday Food With Dogs and Cats!

Onions, garlic, raisins, grapes and many other human foods are highly toxic to dogs. So even “harmless” turkey stuffing or baked goods can make them very ill. Resist the urge to feed your dog human food, and make sure your guests don’t feed them either. Most pets also do not tolerate spicy seasonings or large quantities of food. So don’t give your pets a sampling of what’s on the human menu!

Veterinarian Tip #2
Tire Out the Dog Before Guests Arrive

On the morning of the holiday try to walk or play with your dog, to tire him or her out a bit before guests arrive.

Veterinarian Tip #3
Dispose of Turkey Bones Carefully

Make sure to dispose of turkey and other poultry bones where dogs and cats cannot get into them. Poultry bones splinter when chewed and can get caught in a pet’s esophagus or intestines – leading to life threatening injuries.

Veterinarian Tip #4
Be Careful With Trash

In addition to the hazards of turkey bones, trash can contain rancid food harboring dangerous bacteria. This can make cats and dogs very sick and even be deadly. Always make sure garbage is not accessible to your pets.

Veterinarian Tip #5
Keep Decorations Out of Reach

Pine cones, tree needles and other holiday decorations can cause intestinal blockages or even perforate your cat or dog’s intestine if eaten. Strung popcorn or cranberries may smell yummy to your canine friend and temp them into eating a serious choking hazard. And, never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle – it could result in burns to your curious pet or even a fire.

Our veterinarians have had to perform many surgeries over the years to remove foreign objects from dogs who have gobbled up something dangerous during the holidays.

Veterinarian Tip #6
Keep Pets in a Safe, Quiet Environment

Many family pets – cats and dogs – can become skittish, nervous or overstimulated around people, noises, or sudden movements. Keeping your dogs and cats in a safe, quiet, comfortable room  away from the excitement and stimulation is usually best.

Veterinarian Tip #7
“Treat” Your Pet with Cat & Dog Specific Items

Offering your dog or cat a special chew toy, or “treat” just for dogs or cats, can help calm them and keep them occupied while the activity is buzzing around.

Veterinarian Tip #8
Don’t Decorate With Live Plants

Many decorative plants and flowers are toxic or fatal to pets, including: poinsettia, amaryllis, lilies, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, ferns, hydrangeas and many more.

If you think your pet has been poisoned or may possibly have eaten something they shouldn’t have, call us, your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. Fast action can save your pet’s life!

You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

Veterinarian Tip #9
Keep Pets Locked Away from Opening Doors

Guests coming and going can often inadvertently leave a door, gate or garage open – creating an invitation for your pet to bolt. Make sure to keep your pets contained in a safe, locked room, yard or other protected area during the holiday commotion, so they don’t have an opportunity to stray.

Veterinarian Tip #10
Make Sure Pets are IDed

Even with the best of intentions, pets get out during holiday festivities. A child or other guest may unknowingly create an opportunity for your pet to stray while you are preparing the food and entertaining friends and family. Make sure your pets are microchipped AND that they have a collar with a license and ID Tag – just in case they bolt out an open door.

veterinarian manhattan beachHappy Thanksgiving from Our Veterinary Staff to Yours!

Follow these tips from our Veterinarians, and ensure you and your pets enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday to the fullest!

We wish all of our human and furry friends a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. It is YOU for whom we are thankful!

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