Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of the year around Park Avenue Animal Hospital. It’s a time for families to gather and spend quality time together, a time to celebrate the good things that life brings to us. Being thankful is what Thanksgiving is all about, but being cautious about what your pets eat during this holiday is also critical. The holidays are filled with dangerous threats to your pets, but with a little bit of forward thinking, disaster can be avoided.
Bones, baking strings, foil and plastic wrap can all be potential obstructive objects that can result in a veterinary emergency. During the cleanup process, make sure that pets don’t have access to trash bags or bins, and that food scraps and indigestible waste is discarded in an outdoor receptacle that pets don’t have access to. Keep trash bins locked or latched as an extra safety feature.
Illness doesn’t just come from foreign objects! There are many hidden dangers in giving pets food from the table. Fatty foods can cause severe stomach and can lead to pancreatitis. Chocolate can cause many health issues, including seizures and death. Grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure. Onions can cause anemia in dogs and cats, and let’s not forget about alcohol!
So how do you prevent these disasters from happening? The old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When you know that you’ll be inviting any number of people into your home for a holiday feast, lay down some ground rules with your guests. Make sure to inform your guests and their children that no matter how much they beg, pets are not to get ‘people food’. Feeding your pets before you feed your guests may help curb the urge to beg for or steal food. Giving your pets an irresistible long-lasting treat or indestructible toy may help keep them distracted, too.
We at Park Avenue Animal Hospital hope that using some of these common sense practices around the home can ensure a happy and safe holiday season for you, your family, and your pets.