Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Many of the holiday treats we love can cause health problems for our pets if they eat them. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this holiday:

  • Turkey—and especially turkey skin and gravy—is high in fat, and even small amounts can trigger pancreatitis. Small turkey bones can also get lodged in your pet’s gastrointestinal system and cause blockages. Watch out for kitties stealing that tasty cooking string, too!
  • Don’t leave wine glasses at snout or tail level. Alcohol can cause severe drops in body temperature, blood pressure and blood sugar. Overactive tails could also knock over glasses.
  • You already know chocolate is dangerous for pets. But baking chocolate has even higher concentrations of caffeine and theobromine, the two substances in chocolate that are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. If you’re using baking chocolate in your desserts this Thanksgiving, or any other chocolate for that matter, keep nosy snouts out of the kitchen!

Show your pets you’re thankful for them by keeping them safe this Thanksgiving! If you have any questions about keeping your pet healthy and happy this holiday, give us a call at 703-956-1522