Autumn CatAt Thanksgiving we look forward to sharing a feast with our families and friends.  But should that celebration include our animal companions?

Probably not.

A typical Thanksgiving meal contains a number of foods that could put your pet’s health in serious danger.

  • Onions, grapes/raisins and chocolate all contains ingredients that are toxic to cats and dogs.
  • Rich fatty foods like dark meat turkey or gravy can put your pet at risk for pancreatitis.
  • Bread and other yeast-filled items can cause bloat in dogs and should be kept out of paw’s reach.
  • And as tempting as it may be to throw Fido a bone, doing so could cause choking or risk internal damage if a sharp piece is swallowed.
  • The safest treat is a small amount of lean white meat turkey.

If your pet is nervous around strangers (or if your guests are nervous around pets), consider putting your furry friend in a separate room with a comfy blanket or pet bed. You might even let them tune into the Puppy Bowl.

Once the meal is over, show your pet some love with a long walk or a game of fetch. They’ll enjoy the extra activity and you’ll feel less guilty about the second piece of pie.

Thank you for choosing Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois as your pet’s health and wellness home.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our furry friends and their humans. 

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