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Thankful for Our Buddies – Safety Tips for Pets This Thanksgiving

We are here for your pet emergency when your vet isn’t available. That’s what we are here for! Today on the blog we wanted to point out a few seemingly harmless things that we ALL love this time of year, so WNY families are aware that they actually pose significant risks to their pets. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, so let’s keep it that way and ensure no pet owners make any of these mistakes this November!

Turkey Talk

Turkey is obviously the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving season, and it’s probable you’ve considered scooping a little piece to your pet. What you may not be aware of is that consuming turkey, or even a small amount of turkey skin can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is linked to fatty foods, and some of the high-fat foods that we eat can cause digestive issues for your animal. These include but are not limited to

  • Turkey Skin
  • Turkey Fat
  • Buttery Foods
  • Gravy
  • Cheese
  • Fried, Creamy, or Seasoned Food

Other Foods to Avoid

Not all foods are dangerous for your pets, but every holiday season vets around the country see an uptick in emergency vet visits because of the increase in unsafe “human” food consumption by pets. Beyond some of the risks we mentioned regarding turkey, beware of your pets consuming the following foods this Thanksgiving:

  • Stuffing
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Creamed Peas
  • Onions, Scallions, Garlic
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Pork
  • Ham
  • Yeast Dough
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol

So, What is SAFE?

A healthy diet is important for any pet’s health. When in doubt, don’t give the pet human food. We understand this is difficult as those adorable begging eyes drool in anticipation, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are looking for something you can give the pet for a little Thanksgiving treat, ensure that there is no butter or seasoning present in the preparation. Any butter, dairy, or seasoning will certainly pose a risk for your pet, but some veggies are high in vitamins if prepared without any special human taste-enhancers. 

  • Green Beans can be high in plant fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, but they must be prepared PLAIN
  • Core-Removed apples are rich in vitamins A and C and contain a lot of fiber, which could be a healthy treat around Thanksgiving. Be sure to remove the core though, as apple seeds can be toxic
  • Pumpkin is actually a healthy snack for an animal. It can help with digestive health and be good for a dog’s skin and coat but be sure there are no spices or additives
  • Doggie Fro-Yo – Did you know there is frozen yogurt for dogs? Frozen yogurt contains calcium, protein, and live bacteria that can provide helpful nutrients and a tasty treat!

Hopefully, this helps pet owners of WNY to better understand what they should and/or shouldn’t be doing around Thanksgiving! If you have guests coming over, be sure to forewarn them about this crucial information. Heck, you can even show them this blog if you need to! The bottom line is, no matter how much the animal is begging for table scraps, the pain won’t be worse than driving to the emergency room because Uncle Phil disregarded the Thanksgiving Turkey Talk! We hope you never need to call, but if you’re ever faced with a pet emergency, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our 24/7 emergency line. We are always here to help pet owners of WNY!




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