Holiday Tips

So Thanksgiving is a approaching! Great time of year to spend with family, friends, watching football, going shopping, and yes eating a ton of food! So while the holidays are a great time for you, it is not always the best time for your pet. Here is some short and sweet information to help keep your pet healthy and happy during the holidays!


  • FOOD
    • This is one of the biggest issues we see during the holiday season. While some foods are toxic to pets, others may cause a lot of clean up in your house you do not want to have to deal with. (aka vomiting and diarrhea :/)
    • Keep your pet away from high fat foods- they can cause PANCREATITIS! What is that? The pancreas aids in digestion of food by producing digestive enzymes. Certain foods cause the pancreas to become inflamed, and it basically can begin digesting itself= very painful and upset tummy= vomiting and diarrhea.
    • Chocolate, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, xylitol, yeast dough- this is just a small list of foods that can not only make your animal sick but could potentially be toxic!
    • Even these foods in small doses can cause upset tummies and toxicities- which can lead to hospitalization and treatment
    • Solution: only feed your dog or cat their regular food. If you want to give them a treat since you are all eating big, go get a nice treat from Petco. Trust me, they will thank you later.
    • So it is the time of year for turkey and ham- both of which have bones. Moral of the story- do not give them to your pet. Main concern? They could get suck in the GI tract causing an emergency surgery to have them removed. The scary part? The bone could potentially cause a hole in the GI tract causing all of that bacteria and ingesta to seep into the abdomen = sepsis, which is a life threatening situation.
    • During the holidays you want to spend time with loved ones, absolutely, but do not forget about your four-legged friend. Some animals have high anxiety with noise and too many people. This could cause them to do something out of the ordinary (run away, bite someone, pee inside, tear something up, etc). It is important to make sure your animal feels comfortable and safe during these times. Put them in a room where they will not be bothered but can be comfortable, have music or fans running to help drown out sound, and check on them and make sure they are doing okay. There are also temporary medications that can be used as well.


These are just  few of the things to watch out for this holiday season! I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving and no trips to the ER are in your future 😉


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