It is that time of year again for spending time with family and friends over great meals.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday week and want to remind you we are here for you and your family veterinarian 24 hours a day.  Here are some tips from our doctors as well as the team at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).  Happy Thanksgiving!

Talkin’ Turkey

Sticking to dog food is the best advice, however a few small boneless pieces of cooked, boneless and skinless turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem.  Table scraps and leftovers can add unnecessary fat to a pets diet, and can lead to accidental ingestion of products like tin foil and plastic wrap or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis.


Beware Dangerous Foods

dog with pilgrim hatThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) lists the following foods as harmful or deadly to dogs and cats:

  • chocolate
  • avocado
  • alcohol
  • grapes
  • raisins
  • yeast dough
  • salt
  • Macadamia nuts,
  • onions
  • garlic
  • candy

Provide a Quiet Place

Loud noise and activity can bother some pets and cause them stress. Give them a private, quiet place where they can relax without so much activity.

Watch the Door

With people coming in and out of the house around the holidays, it is easy for pets to escape and get lost. Pet owners need to keep a close eye on their pets and ensure that they don’t get lost amid the extra guest traffic.

Image courtesy ilickyou, where the felt hat is available for purchase.