Thanksgiving is this week and we have a few tips to help keep your family pet safe during the exciting festivities! When families gather into a home, especially with food involved, there can be dangers toy our pet. At Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic, Emergencies can be seen throughout the day during hours of operation. Please CALL BEFORE ARRIVAL 570-992–6900! During an after-hours emergency, we recommend our friends at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital.
As you know, it’s important to keep certain foods away from your pet’s mouth. And we know that your pet is going to look up at you with those big, beautiful eyes and it’s going to be so hard to say “no” to. Please be sure to read and share this with friends so that you’ll remember these food safety tips:
- Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
- Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
- Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
- Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
- Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact us immediately!