Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Dangers to Avoid

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with family and friends and enjoying large home cooked meals.  It is important to remember that not everything that we eat is good for our pets to eat and that this can be a stressful time for them as well.  Here are a list of some things you should keep in mind for your pet this Thanksgiving:  

1. Fatty Foods:  These can cause at best a gastroenteritis and at its worse pancreatitis which can be life threatening.  It is best to avoid feeding your pet any table scraps.  If you do want to give  your pet a treat only give a small amount and stick to turkey breast or veggies.
2. Bones:  Do not give your pet bones to chew on or eat.  These can cause trauma to the GI tract or an obstruction
3. Onions and garlic:  Onions, garlic and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
4. Grapes and Raisins:  Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
5. Chocolate:  Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.
6. Bread Dough:  Unrisen bread dough can be dangerous if eaten.  Not only will the dough expand in the stomach causing bloating, but the fermentation can severe electrolyte changes.
7. Anxiety:  Although having our friends and family visiting is fun for us, it can be very stressful for your pet.  If they have nervous tendencies already it is important to give them a quiet area that they can relax.  There are also anxiety medications that can be prescribed if necessary as well.
8. Garbage:  With a lot of cooking and eating also comes a lot of garbage.  Please make sure that it is disposed of properly and securely to avoid your pet getting into it.   Garbage can cause many issues including vomiting and diarrhea to the worst case scenario, death. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at 208-466-4614. Our Doctors and Staff wish you a safe and Happy Holiday.