Thanksgiving Pet Safety: Tips from a San Francisco Vet
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and it’s natural to want to include your dog or cat in your celebration. Sadly, dogs and cats face a number of threats on Thanksgiving. Even much-loved Thanksgiving foods can make your pet ill — or worse. The veterinarians at Animal Farm Pet Hospital do not want pets to endure preventable ailments. That is why our very own San Francisco vet made the decision to discuss a couple of Thanksgiving pet safety recommendations. Read on to learn more!
Skip the Onions and Garlic
Onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, etc. are members of the allium family. These ingredients can, unfortunately, lead to anemia in animals. Since some animals are more sensitive to members of the allium family than others, it is best not to share them.
Don’t Share Fat and Bones
No matter how much your pet begs, fat drippings and bones aren't safe treats. Both raw and cooked bones can get stuck in your pet's throat or digestive tract or cause vomiting, diarrhea, or potentially fatal perforations. Eating excessive amounts of fat could cause serious health problems like pancreatitis, as well. When preparing your pet's meal, lean turkey is the safest option.
Some holiday desserts contain things that are dangerous for dogs and cats. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, and xylitol can all cause severe illness. Even tiny amounts of alcohol in desserts or unbaked bread is dangerous. And let’s face it — ingesting too much sugar is not healthy for your pet, either. This Thanksgiving, save the sweet treats for your human guests.
Schedule an Appointment with Your San Francisco Vet
If your cat or dog swallows anything toxic, gets hurt, or requires veterinary care for a different reason, seek treatment from a trusted San Francisco vet immediately. Now is also an excellent time to schedule a wellness exam to ensure your pet is healthy before the holiday season gets underway. Reach out to us today to schedule your pet's appointment!