Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts! To keep your animals healthy and safe this holiday season, here are some safety tips:
1. Avoid table scrapes, especially the bones. Birds have bones that splinter easily and can cause serious GI obstructions. Table scrapes are full of butter, salt and pepper. Most of our animals are not used to spices/ seasoning in their diet and they can cause a large variety of GI side effects. If you want your animals to partake in Thanksgiving festivities it is better toboil a small amount of turkey breast in some water without all of the extra additives. Always remember extra food should be in moderation! Also remember that may animals have food allergies so be careful about the extra food/treats your animals are getting this holiday season!
2. No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving them access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This is a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
3. Turkey stuffing may contain onions, garlic, or raisins—which are all toxic to dogs and cats so resist the urge to feed your dog human food.
4. ID collars/ updated microchips: Animals are at risk of running away through any open door or window. Be very careful to keep your animals in safe locations within your home during this holiday season. It is also very important to update microchips with current information. If your animal does become lost and is brought to a veterinary clinic or shelter, they will be able to contact you immediately.
We here at Newkirk Family Veterinarians want to wish you and your pets a very Happy Thanksgiving! If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (609) 645-2120.