Thanksgiving With Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Pets are definitely something to be thankful for. They’re cute, loyal, loving, and cuddly, not to mention absolutely hilarious. Your furry pal will definitely be paying close attention when those delicious dishes start coming out of the oven. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. Read on as a Conyers, GA vet discusses Thanksgiving with pets.

Food

There’s no reason you can’t give your furry companion a special holiday treat. Just be sure to stick to pet-safe options. Fido and Fluffy can both have some of that mouth-watering turkey. Only offer plain, cooked, meat however, without the bones or fat. They can also enjoy a little bit of cheese, some shredded deli meat, or sodium-free broth. A can of plain tuna in water is a great option for Fluffy. Keep in mind that many foods are toxic to pets. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; meat on the bone; raw foods; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; xylitol; nuts; pitted fruits; and alcohol. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Guests

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? If so, keep your pet in mind when making plans. Some of our furry patients are very sociable and friendly, and will spend the day hopping from lap to lap or collecting ear scritches and belly rubs. Others are much more timid, and may be uneasy around guests. If your four-legged friend falls into the latter category, put him or her in a quiet back room with food, bedding, toys, and treats, and let them spend the day napping. Even if your pet is amiable, you may want to keep them in a separate area as people are coming and going. You don’t want Fluffy getting stepped on or slipping out the door, or Fido bumping into Grandma and making her drop her casserole!

Dangers

Never underestimate your pet’s ability to get into mischief. Garbage is one hazard, particularly for dogs. Fido is not above going through the trash in hopes of scoring himself a yummy snack. This can be dangerous, as the garbage may contain things like bones, can lids, toothpicks, foil, and other hazards. Candles, heaters, and decorations can also be dangerous.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Conyers, GA pet hospital, for all your beloved pet’s veterinary care needs.

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