Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving week is here!  This means travel, family gatherings, football, turkey, stuffing, and all the rest.  With all of this excitement it is easy to forget our pets in the shuffle.  There are a number of important things to remember around this holiday to keep them happy and safe.
  1. Rich Thanksgiving food is very difficult on our pets’ stomachs and digestive system.  If you feel the need to let you pet indulge in a treat from the table, please stick to a small amount of white meat turkey breast. 
  2. Raisins, grapes, onions, and garlic are all popular additives to our turkey day sides.  These are all extremely toxic and should be kept away from our pets.  If your pet has eaten something that you are unsure of and we cannot be reached the ASPCA’s website is an excellent resource.  http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
  3. If you are hosting a family gathering it is often easy to forget your pet’s routine.  Try and keep walks, feedings, and playtime consistent as much as you can to maintain their normal schedule.
  4. If your guests are bringing pets of their own your pet may be cautious.  Slow monitored introductions are important to avoid any confrontations.
  5. With guests arriving and leaving at different times, it is also easy for our pets to escape through doors or patio screens left open.  Please remind your guests to be mindful of any escape artist pets. 
There are so many wonderful reasons to be thankful this year and having our pets with us to enjoy the holidays is one of them.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us here at the Animal Health Center.  We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will reopen Friday morning.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

-The Doctors and Staff of the Animal Health Center

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