Coon Rapids Pet Hospital would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
This is a time for family, friends and holiday feasts—but it can also be a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.
It is easy to want to give your dog or cat a big fat bowl of turkey, mashed potatoes, and whatever else you think she might enjoy. But that’s a bad idea.
Here are some tips to keep your furry family members health for the Thanksgiving holiday:
1. Fatty Foods: Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening.
2. Diet and Exercise: Maintain your pet’s regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his/her dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
3. Bones: Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides. Save the bones for the broth – not your dog or cat.
4. Onions: Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
5. Sage and other herbs have essential oils that can cause tummy upset and central nervous system depression if a dog eats them in large quantities. Most dogs aren’t going to nosh on a fistful of sage, but keep herbs out of reach just in case.
6. Raisins and Grapes: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
7. Chocolate: Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.
8. Food Wrappings: Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.
Coon Rapids Pet Hospital
At the Coon Rapids Pet Hospital, we proudly strive to offer you and your pet the highest quality veterinary services possible. Serving Coon Rapids, Blaine, Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, Oak Grove, St. Francis, Moundview and all of the surrounding metro area cities. Please call our office with any questions, comments or concerns regarding your dog or cat.