Happy Thanksgiving!..and Be Careful with the "Table Scraps"!

Can you believe another year has gone by? Holiday decorations are sprinkled through out and you can’t wait for Thursday to get here, so you can enjoy some great food, fantastic company, a football game… or three, with the obligatory “power naps” in between. Guess what: your pet can’t wait either! Hope is in the air; and the possibility of a “forbidden snack” landing, “accidentally” in his bowl are great and deliciously close! Here is the catch: these “snacks” (the piece of turkey, cornbread, a sweet or two) may be toxic to your furry friend. Unfamiliar foods can alter the digestive process of your pet and begin an immune reaction that will present, in most cases, with vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases, the symptoms may be more specific to the organ or system affected. Lameness, coughing, sneezing and swelling may be other symptoms associated to digesting unfamiliar foods.

Play special attention to the dessert table, with chocolate being the main concern. The toxins in chocolates affect not only the gastrointestinal tract, but also the heart. In some cases, vomiting and seizures may result after chocolate consumption.

Bones should be kept away at all times. You may read in pet literature that “large” bones are safe, but in reality, nothing has ever been a problem until it is a problem! So the safe bet is to stay away from bones as they may lodge anywhere in the digestive tract causing any of the previous symptoms in addition to discomfort, possible puncture wound or blockage of the airways.

If at any point any of the above symptoms present, get your pet to your Veterinarian as soon as possible.

So now that we have completely “party pooped” your Pet’s Thanksgiving celebration, here are some things you can do to make this day special. Buy them a “special” treat. Get them a different dog biscuit or new “chewy” toy. These, although not Thanksgiving “classics”, will feel new and special to them, which will get them right back into the holiday spirit! And don’t underestimate the power of tender loving care. What they crave the most is your attention, and although food is a nice alternative for them, nothing will “fill” them more than a little affection.

Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy those “power naps”!