Thanksgiving is such a beautiful time of the year in Northern California, and we’re so happy to spend it with friends and family on four legs and two. Of course, our four-legged family members need a little extra care this time of the year. A simple table scrap hitting the ground could be potentially dangerous. We have some tips on making sure your pets make it through Thanksgiving without a health scare – from Dr. Bibb and the entire El Gato Veterinary Hospital family!

It is so important to limi table scraps and food that they have access to. We know it’s hard to resist those big, beautiful eyes but in the long run, you’ll be happy you did! Here are some things you should absolutely keep away from your pet during the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
  • Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
  • Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
  • Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
  • Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.
  • Bones can cause a blockage in your pet’s throat or chest.

It’s not just food that you’ll need to worry about, it’s your pet’s surroundings as well. As family members come and go, be sure to be mindful of doors and windows that are left open, allowing your companion to run out of the door for a little freedom. In fact, the entire holiday can be a little stressful. Sometimes it’s good to create a safe space for them to relax, hide, and get away from it all. Make sure to bring their favorite blankets or toys in there as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call El Gato Veterinary Hospital at 408-356-2181. Please know that we will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday – Sunday, returning to normal business hours on Monday, November 27th.


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