Veterinarian’s Thanksgiving Safety Tips

veterinarian el segundo5 Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips from Our Veterinarians!

At the top of most family’s list of what we are thankful for is our pets! But 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 5 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!

Eating turkey or turkey skin – even a small amount – can sometimes cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Additionally, turkey bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract – even causing a blockage that requires surgery.

Other fatty foods – such as gravy or items containing butter – are hard for animals to digest.

And many holiday sweets and treats can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets, including: chocolate, grapes, raisins, and more.

The artificial sweetener xylitol – used in sugar-free baked goods (and gum) – can be fatal if eaten by dogs or cats.

Veterinarian Tip #2
Put Holiday Trash Safely Away

Remember to put the trash from your holiday festivities where your pets can’t get into it.  Turkey carcasses, leftover pie, etc. can be deadly to your pet. Dispose of everything – including items used to wrap or tie the meat (strings, bags, packaging) – in a tightly covered receptacle.

Veterinarian Tip #3
Don’t Decorate With Plants!

Many decorative plants and flowers are toxic or fatal to pets, including: 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 #4
Keep Pets Away from Visitors

Some cats and dogs get excitable around new people, crowds or lots of activity. Others become afraid – and some even become aggressive. Keeping your pets locked in a safe and comfortable place (with their favorite toys and snacks) makes the holiday entertaining less stressful for pets and people – and protects your guests from possible injury.

Additionally, guests “coming and going” can easily lead to open doors and unlatched gates! Keeping your pets secured in a safe area will help prevent your pets from wandering or getting lost. Also, make sure your dog or cat has an up-to-date microchip, and current tags with your contact info. If your cat or dog is not yet microchipped, it is fast, easy and very affordable at our Veterinary office. Click Here to Read More

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.

Happy 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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