- Fatty Foods: Human foods with high fat content can cause your pet to develop gastroenteritis or pancreatitis, two painful digestive conditions that can become life-threatening if not treated promptly.
- Chocolate: It’s hard to believe about this sweet treat, but it’s one of the most toxic things a dog or cat can consume.
- Turkey Bones: The leftover bones from a turkey carcass can contain tiny bones that your dog could choke on. Play it safe by purchasing your dog’s chewing bones from a pet store.
- Grapes and Raisins: Not only does their small size make them a choking hazard for pets, these foods contain a toxin that can cause long-term kidney damage in dogs and cats.
- Onions and Onion Powder: These often show up in stuffing or may be used as a general seasoning. Both can damage your pet’s red blood cells and eventually cause anemia.
Additionally, be extra vigilant about food wrappers that may have fallen to the floor. Your pet may be attracted to the smell and try to eat wax paper, aluminum foil, or something else that could cause extensive internal damage. The same holds true for the garbage can. If you think your pet will try to get into it, take it outside or keep it in a locked cabinet.
Handling Holiday Emergencies
Despite your best efforts, a persistent dog or cat may still get into something that makes her ill or sustain an injury over Thanksgiving. Since Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic will be closed, please contact the Eden Prairie location of the Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service at 952-942-8272 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. We hope your entire family has a safe and happy holiday.
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