23 Nov No Comments admin Holidays, Pet Safety, Thanksgiving

paahpetfamilyHere at Park Avenue Animal Hospital, we have a lot to be thankful for, but the thing we are most thankful for is you. Our clients, both human and furry, make us happy and we want to celebrate that and all the other great things that life has given us.

But it’s important to remember that, though the holidays can be a joyous time, they also bring new dangers for your pets. While you are enjoying your Thanksgiving feast, be wary of what your pets are putting into their mouths as well. At the end of the day, you may find yourself watching football and unable to get off the couch, but if they’re not careful, your pets may find themselves in the hospital. Keep your dogs and cats away from fatty foods (which can cause stomach pains and pancreatitis), chocolate (which can induce seizures and even death), grapes and raisins (which have been linked to kidney failure), and onions (which can cause anemia). In fact, if you’re not sure about it, don’t let your pet eat it, and make sure your guests follow suit. You may want to keep your animals in a separate room during the meal to make sure nobody sneaks a bite. Another good idea might be to give them a long-lasting treat or toy that will keep them distracted.

And it’s not just at the dinner table that you have to be careful. Cooking and cleanup can introduce all sorts of tasting-looking new elements that your pet may want to sample. Bones, aluminum foil, plastic wrap – any one of a number of dangerous objects could be ingested and cause serious problems. Make sure you keep an eye on your pet at all times. Don’t let them on the counter or in the garbage can. Keep all trash out of the way and in securely closed or locked bins.

We love our clients so much that we hope we don’t have to see any of them on Thanksgiving! Stay safe, have a great time, and enjoy spending the day with your family – two-legged and four-legged alike!