Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with our family and friends. During this time, people can tend to be overly generous with their pets.  It's important to keep in mind that too much turkey can make your pet sick.  An overload of fatty foods that your pet isn't used to can cause pancreatitis or gastroenteritis.  Neither are inexpensive to treat.  Both can be deadly if they go untreated.  A little bit of the white turkey meat is okay as a treat.  Stay away from giving the dark meat or the skin.

Bones.  I am still amazed how many people are shocked when we educate them about the deadliness of cooked bone.  Turkey, chicken, and duck bones are too small and a pet can easily choke on them.  Bones from bigger cuts of meat can be deadly as well.  When they chew on the bone, it breaks off into sharp, tiny little pieces.  It would be like you snacking on chunk of window glass.  It can cut their throat, stomach, or intestines.  So keep the bones for soup!

Our cats are great at getting into mischief.  Remember the phrase "Curiousity killed the cat"?  Our cats seemed determined to make that come to pass.  Keep an eye on any snacks you have up on tables.  If your cats have access to it, they'll be up there the minute you've turned your back. 

Beware the lure of garbage.  Even dogs who haven't been tempted by garbage in the past can be tempted to tip that can over when no one is looking - and help themselves to leftovers.  You don't want to come home to a mess in the kitchen from the trashcan AND your pet.  Leftovers aren't fun to clean up after they come out of your pet!  Keep that lid on tight.  We always take the trash out before we leave the pets the next day.  You can never be too careful.

Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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