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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Written by Rikki Schmidt.

With the holiday season fast approaching, pet owners should be reminded that festive foods and four legged friends don’t mix.



Thanksgiving

It’s a time for sharing but don’t share the holiday meal with your pets.
One year our veterinary staff treated a small dachshund and his even smaller sister that had somehow snatched an untended turkey off a coffee table and gorged themselves on the leftovers. Feeding pets table scraps can be a recipe for trouble.


-Turkey bones are hollow and break easily, splintering into sharp pieces, which, when chewed, can cause blockage and perforate the intestinal tract.

-A pet with a turkey bone lodged in his system may not show symptoms for 1 or 2 days. -When symptoms do occur they may include loss of appetite, depression, diarrhea or vomiting. While the bone may pass by itself, sometimes it must be surgically removed.


-Even if you don’t feed your pets from the table, it’s possible they might help themselves to untended food when no one is looking.

-Besides the dangers associated with overeating, turkey sitting out too long at room temperature can cause salmonella organisms to multiply, poisoning the pet.


And be aware of your pet’s abilities. Several years back, someone’s pet pig learned how to open the refrigerator door and ended up eating everything inside, making a proverbial “pig of itself” and subsequently changing the expression “sick as a dog” to “sick as a pig.”


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