1. Table scraps – are a danger for your pets,
the fatty foods we eat at Thanksgiving can cause
stomach problems such as gastrointestinal upsets. Also the onions/onion powder
found in stuffing or used to season food can destroy red
blood cells in your dog or cat which can lead to anemia. Grapes and
raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage in both dogs and cats if
2. Having holiday guests over can provide a
chance for pets to escape thru an open door. Be sure that pets have on current
ID tags, or are microchipped.
3. When setting the table with a holiday feast
to prevent burns, make sure hot containers are placed where little paws cannot
knock them over.
4. When hosting a holiday party to make it
less stressful on you and your pets try placing them in a separate room, or
kenneling them at a boarding facility.
5. Remember when serving deserts that some
chemicals found in sweets are toxic to pets, (i.e.) Chocolate, Xylitol.
6. When placing decorations around the house
make sure they are placed where pets cannot chew or knock over, (i.e.) Candles,
Table settings, Paper or plastic decorations.
7. Bones can
cause choking, or possible other obstructions that may need to be removed by an
emergency surgical procedure. To be safe discard any unused bones in a secure
bag and place in a garage can outside that locks closed.
8. Did you know Herbs and their essential
oils/resins can cause gastrointestinal upset, even central nervous system
depression to pets (especially cats).
9. If you are planning to make homemade bread
for the holiday such as rolls, muffins, or loaf bread. Please be aware that if
pets ingest the raw dough that their body heat can cause the dough to rise in
the stomach. Expanding dough may make pets experience vomiting/diarrhea, or
abdominal pain and bloating, and these
symptoms can become life threatening, and may require emergency surgery.
10. If you are considering going to a holiday
parade we recommend leaving your pets at home. The large crowds parades can
draw can be stressful for pets, and they may become frighten and break away.