Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about the food. Of course getting together with family and watching football are also highlights. I have compiled a few tips to keep your dogs and cats healthy this Thanksgiving.
- Avoid giving your pets rich fatty foods. Dogs and cats are at risk of getting pancreatitis or gastroenteritis from eating turkey fat or buttered mashed potatoes.
- Avoid giving turkey bones to your pet as they can lead to choking, splintering, or an intestinal obstruction. The risks far outweigh the benefits.
- Be sure to get any baking strings right into the trash. If eaten, they could cause a linear foreign body which means surgery and an extensive recovery time.
- Avoid feeding raw turkey meat or parts. Any raw meat, and especially poultry, carries the risk of salmonella poisoning, abdominal cramping, and severe diarrhea.
- And as a reminder, dogs cannot have onions, grapes/raisins, or chocolate any time of the year.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with tasty food, close family, and plenty of couch time!
Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care's holiday hours are the following:
- Wednesday, November 24th 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Thursday, November 25th CLOSED
- Friday, November 26th 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Saturday, November 27th 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 28th 8 a.m. - 8p.m.