Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, a day for celebration and food! Many of our pets probably see us in the kitchen hoping and begging for table scraps, or a piece of the fresh baked turkey. But high fat foods like turkey and ham, sweet treats like pies and cakes, and foods containing alcohol and spicy or heavily seasoned foods may lead to a trip to the vet. 

Pies, cakes and other desserts are a staple for Thanksgiving, but these foods can contain xylitol or chocolate that can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, GI upset, and bloating. More serious side effects could include, ataxia, tremors, seizures, coma, and even death if not treated immediately. Be sure to keep these sweet treats away from your furry friends at all times.

Food containing alcohol can be dangerous for pets. According to ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center alcohol and foods containing alcohol can cause “vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.” Keep alcoholic drinks and food out of reach. 

Foods high in fat like turkey can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. In more severe cases, it can lead to a condition called pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas causing loss of appetite, stomach pain and vomiting. Most cases are mild, but if left untreated, pancreatitis can become life threatening. 

Some dogs love to chew on bones, but turkey bones, especially when cooked, are not safe to give your pets this Thanksgiving. Turkey and chicken bones split easily when bit leading to sharp bits that can cause damage to pets mouths and intestines. They can also cause intestinal blockages that can lead to an emergency surgery. 

Aside from the food, Thanksgiving is a day to gather with friends and family.  Although we may love hustle and bustle, our pets may find this overwhelming and anxiety inducing. If you can, set up a room or space in the house that is just for your pets. Shy or anxious cats and dogs may like the hiding place away from the people and the noise. Make sure it has some blankets, beds, food, and water to keep them as comfortable as possible. You can also distract your pets with lick mats, Kong toys, and puzzle feeders. 

Some pets may need some extra help calming down. If you are concerned about your pet, talk to your veterinarian to see if sedation medication would be right for your pet.

All of us here at Frontier Veterinary Hospital are so thankful for our clients and patients. We wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy Thanksgiving! 

Courtesy of Jorden, Frontier Client Service Representative

What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.