Gluttony – Medical Minute

Everyone knows during Thanksgiving there are two big rules. Never talk about religion or politics. However, there is a third rule that’s important to follow to keep your pets safe during the holidays.

It’s very tempting when everybody is sitting around and your pet comes up and looks at you with those eyes like they really want a treat. But, it’s not worth it.

Thanksgiving is a time where your pets should stay on their normal diets. There are a couple things to take caution on.

What To Avoid
Have you ever given your dog a bone once you were finished with it? If so, this tip is for you.

The first important tip when keeping your pets safe this Thanksgiving is never give your dogs bones. When you’re carving the turkey you’re going to have some leftover bones. It may seem like a good idea to give your dog a bone but it’s important you don’t. Bones can cause intestinal blockages that cause extensive health issues.

Fatty Foods
In addition to bones, it’s also important to know not to give your pets too much table food in general. Many thanksgiving foods that are high in fat content, or rich can lead to severe gastroenteritis or even pancreatitis. If your pet gets pancreatitis they can end up in the hospital and oftentimes need an IV. Table food can cause your furry friend to be critically ill.

This Thanksgiving don’t take any chances with table scraps. If you notice your pet seems to be suffering from abdominal pain and or a decrease in appetite contact Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic as soon as possible.

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and spend time with your family and friends. But it’s important to remember to keep an eye on your furry friends to ensure they don’t ingest any harmful bones or table scraps.