Thanksgiving Pet Tips

Here’s some tips to make sure your Thanksgiving is a happy and healthy one:

– Don’t let your dog get into the turkey skin. Because of its high fat content, it can increase the chances of pancreatitis.

– Cooked bones can become lodged, splinter and puncture parts of your pets digestive tract. So be sure to keep them well out of reach. They will not dissolve.

– Make sure you properly dispose of sharp objects such as skewers and pop up timers as well as cooking wear such as tinfoil and shrink wrap.

– If you’re using grapes or raisins as part of your meal, make sure your pal doesn’t get into them. These can cause damage to their kidneys.

– Try to keep your pet out of the kitchen while cooking. A broken paw from being stepped on, or a sever burn from a pot of hot liquid falling from the stove will surely ruin your night!

– Remember to monitor children and pets at all times, especially those who have not met in the past.

Stress is another important thing to keep your eyes on while enjoying your holiday festivities. If your pet is uncomfortable, it is best to remove him/her from from that situation and place them in a quiet room, away from the commotion. Signs of stress include:

  • cowering
  • tail between legs
  • ears laid down
  • head low
  • not making eye contact
  • “staring” someone down. **if you see your dog staring, it is best to remove them from the stimulus immediately. This is one of the last warning signs before a dog may decide to bite.

Look for signs of illness:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • difficulty urinating/defecating, or not producing
  • Pale gums
  • Not eating
  • Abdominal sensitivity

Lastly,  if you are introducing two dogs, be sure to follow these steps so that everyone is comfortable:

  1. Don’t force them together, or put them in an small enclosed space.
  2. Introduce outside FIRST on leashes. Best if there is a fence or some other barrier in between them, but if not – slowly allow them to meet the other dog. (best if you both walk in a circle and allow one dog to follow the other at a distance)
  3. Make sure the area of introduction is quiet and not stressful.
  4. Most importantly, if the dogs are not comfortable, simply best to keep them separated.

All of here at Long Trail Veterinary Center  wewish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!