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Thanksgiving Holidays

Published on November 25, 2020 in Dog Health

Please remember that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day with our families, so we will be closed on Thursday, November 26. We will reopen on Friday, November 27th at 7:30am.

With the Thanksgiving holidays coming up, there is a higher chance of hazards for your pet. Please remember that your pet is a part of the family, but don’t save a seat for them at the dinner table!

Foods to Avoid Feeding:

  • Turkey – Feeding both the bones and skin of the turkey can be fatal. The skin is a very fatty piece of the turkey, which can cause a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. Bones are a choking hazard, and they can also splinter in your pet’s digestive tract.
  • Unbaked dough with yeast – This can cause painful gas or even lead to bloat.
  • Onions, garlic, and other common ingredients – These delicious ingredients are poisonous to your dog and can cause a destruction of their red blood cells.
  • Desserts – Many people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but so is a popular sugar substitute called xylitol, even in small amount.

What can you feed your pets instead as a Thanksgiving Day treat?

Dog friendly treats include fresh fruits and vegetables like baby carrots, green beans, apple chunks, but avoid raisins and grapes!

Pet Safety in the Home

A lot of guests in the house might make your pet feel scared and unsafe. Make sure they have a safe place to go to when needed. While guests come and go, place gates up preventing exits being open, or place your pet in a room or crate with the door closed.

Keep both you and your pets safe this holiday season by practicing food safety, washing your hands, and wiping down all food prep areas.

In the case of an emergency, please call or visit one of these local emergency rooms: