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Keeping Your Pet Safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family—since your pet is very much a member of yours, you’ll undoubtedly want to include them in the celebration! Make sure your four-legged friend stays safe, though. Here, a veterinarian El Dorado Hills tells you how.

  • Don’t let your pet have too many fatty, buttery, or salty table scraps. They can cause an upset stomach at the least, and vomiting and diarrhea if your pet eats a lot. Make sure your guests know not to slip your pet any scraps.
  • Your Thanksgiving meal may contain toxic foods that pets shouldn’t have. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, avocado, certain nuts, and more. Check with your vet for a complete list of harmful foods that pets should avoid.
  • Chocolate is more common this time of year, especially with Halloween and trick-or-treat having occurred recently. Remember that chocolate is a big no-no for all pets, as it can cause serious health problems.
  • Candy, gum, and certain baked sweets often contain xylitol, an artificial sugar. It’s highly toxic for pets, and it doesn’t take much to do damage. Keep all xylitol-sweetened treats out of your pet’s grasp.
  • Don’t slip your dog any turkey bones, whether they’re cooked or uncooked. They can splinter apart and cut your dog’s mouth or puncture the intestinal lining when swallowed.
  • Will your holiday celebration include alcohol? Remember that all types—beer, liquor, wine, and champagne included—are bad for pets. Watch all drinks closely
  • Keep an eye on the garbage bag while you’re cleaning up the meal. The bag is a treasure trove of goodies that pets might want, but they can just as easily come in contact with things they shouldn’t, like coffee grounds, bones, or toxic foods.
  • If family and friends are coming to your place this Thanksgiving, you may want to set up a quiet space in a back room just for your pet. This safe haven zone is very useful if your pet starts to get overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle. If you see your pet becoming anxious, lead them to the back room and sit with them a moment for comfort.

With a few simple precautions, your pet can have as much fun this holiday as the rest of your family! Call your vet Eldorado Hills for more great Thanksgiving safety tips.

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