Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Some Thanksgiving treats can cause your doggie lots of trouble.

Everyone looks forward to feasting on Thanksgiving day, including Fido. Who can resist those declicous aromas of turkey, gravy and pumpkin pie wafting through the house all day long?! It's OK to indulge Buddy the Lab with a few turkey day treats, but read this list first to make sure you don't feed him something that could land you at the emergency vet clinic this holiday.

Here's a list of some of the biggest hazards to pets on Thanksgiving:

  • 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 veterinary assistance.

  • Cooked bones can splinter and cause tears or obstruction in a pet's digestive tract.

  • Never feed your dog raw or undercooked meat, poultry or eggs. Just like humans, they are susceptible to bacteria-causing food poisoning.

  • Baking strings, if ingested, can create trouble if ingested by your pet.

  • Onions in holiday stuffing can lead to canine anemia if consumed by your dog.

  • Grapes and raisin toxins can cause kidney failure in pets.

  • Ingesting chocolate can kill your pet.

  • Caffeine and alcohol are also toxic for pets.

  • Keep all goodies out of reach!

To keep your pets busy and entertained during dinner time, treat them to a frozen kong filled with some of their favorite treats, peanut butter, yogurt or pumpkin. A frozen kong will keep them busy while you and your guests enjoy a nice, puppy-dog eye free meal!

Pet Haven wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!

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