Thanksgiving pet safety tips

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As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, it is important to remember our furry family members who also will be involved in the festivities.  Here are some helpful Thanksgiving tips to keep your pets safe and healthy during this thankful time of year.

Cooking a delicious turkey or ham?  Think twice before giving your pet some for their special holiday meal.  Feeding your pet excessively rich or fatty foods, like turkey and ham can trigger pancreatitis (inflammatory disease of the pancreas).  Pancreatitis is more common in dogs than in cats and signs include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

Absolutely no chocolate, no matter how much they beg.  When chocolate is eaten by pets, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Be aware that baking chocolate can cause the most severe reactions in pets while much less severe reactions may be observed if your pet eats milk or white chocolate.

If for any reason your pet does eat something toxic and you are not in a position to bring him or her to your veterinarian or emergency hospital please call the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.  I wish all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!


Dr. Susan Bonilla is the owner of Passionate Paws Animal Hospital in Waxhaw, offering traditional and complementary treatment options as well as full-service grooming.  She is certified in acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy.  You can reach her at 704-256-7576 or e-mail at Hello@PassionatePaws.Vet

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