Veterinarians experience an increased number of office calls due to
digestive problems after the holidays because humans invite their animal companions to
celebrate with high fat meals.
Ten tips to remember:
1. Keep your animal companions out of the kitchen so they do not get food that may
drop on the floor. Of course, you do not want to trip on your dog or cat while
carrying something hot.
2. Secure Your Garbage: dogs have been known to eat tin foil due to
3. Watch out for the decorations. Candles should be placed away from the
reach of children, both 2 legged and 4 legged.
4. Table Scraps/Sudden Diet Change Hazards: Rich, fatty foods (turkey skins,
gravy, etc,) can contribute to pancreatitis. This inflammation of the
digestive gland is painful and can be serious--requiring emergency
5. Bone Hazards: Remember that cooked turkey, duck, geese and other bird
bones are dangerous to your animal companion.
6. Dessert Hazards: Chocolate, macadamia nuts & grapes/raisins are poisonous
to dogs, cats & ferrets! In addition, xylitol which is used in baked goods
can be a serious danger to your companions.
7. Train Your Guests: Let them know your companions have already eaten, and that
your prefer that they not be fed without your permission.
8. Don't forget your companions' regular exercise: You may want to extend the walk to ensure that all
excessive energy is dissipated before your guests arrive.
9. Water: Make sure you provide enough water for your dog or cat. If your
fur baby is hiding due to guests, be sure to put water close to their hiding space.
10. Last but not least: give your animal companions lots of love and tell them
how thankful you are to have them in your life!
Happy Thanks-giving Day to all -
I wish the very best for you!