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Posted on the 27th of November, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and everyone is getting ready for cooking and eating. This year Kellie and I will be spending time with our family enjoying a wonderful turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and other delectable goodies. With all the joy of eating comes the after-meal napping and potential dangers for your pets waiting for the tryptophan to sink in so they can sneak their share of Thanksgiving dinner.
Last month we talked about some of the dangers of Halloween candy, but this month we are going to focus on one of America's most popular meals - Thanksgiving.
The most common concerns with traditional Thanksgiving meals are fat, bones, and left overs. However there are other important dangers to recognize and know what to do and who to call if your pet has a problem.
The Thanksgiving Turkey - Turkeys have bones, skin, and fat all which can cause pretty profound gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, poor appetite, and diarrhea. Besides causing an obstruction (bones), fat can cause a condition called pancreatitis which can be painful and life-threatening if not addressed early. Don't forget to properly discard any roasting strings on the turkey as well, they are popular among our four-footed friends.
The Stuffing - Some stuffings will have raisins or currants. If you remember our Halloween post, raisins can cause kidney failure even in small quantities. The kidney failure may not show up right away but if you find your pet has ingested any raisins/currants, prompt medical attention is recommended.
The Flavors - Onions, garlic, chives are all members of the Allium family. They are commonly used in many dishes and to pets can cause red blood cell destruction when ingested. Cats are especially sensitive to these tasty vegetables.
The Starch - If you are making fresh bread for company, dogs seem to have a fascination with the taste of raw bread dough. Unbaked dough ingestion results in gas build-up in the stomach which can turn into an emergency situation quickly.
The Fun - Alcohol is often present during the holidays but it is important to keep the drinks up to keep your pet safe.
So what should you do this Thanksgiving to ensure the holiday is enjoyable? Keep your pet locked up, ignore those cute eyes, and dump out the trash when everyone has left.
If your pet has eaten something they shouldn't, contact us so we can help at 651-739-0117.
Posted by: John Clappier, DVM
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