Thanksgiving Dangers For Your Pet

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family – and furry family members are no exception.  While it is customary for families to integrate their pets into holiday celebrations, dog and cat owners should be aware of pet health risks during this season – especially during mealtime.

Here are a few tips to ensure pets stay healthy Thanksgiving weekend:

Preparing The Meal

Be extremely cautious of how you discard items used to cook or clean the turkey. Skewers, string, pop-up timers and roasting bags can easily be fished out of a trashcan or garbage bag. Swallowing such thingscan cause an intestinalblockage or perforation.

Don’t feed people food to your pets.  This includes scraps, bones of any kind and the skin or fat from the turkey.  Any dietary changes in your pet’s food routine can lead to gastric distress or pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that causes vomiting and dehydration.  

Any of this could lead to hospitalization for your pet.

Watch for foods such as onions, grapes or raisins, and garlic, that may fall on the floor or be within your pet’s reach on the counter.  These foods can affect your pet’s stomach, but can also lead to other conditions including renal (kidney) issues.   Other foods to be aware of include apple seeds, yeast dough, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, nuts and gum.

What to Do Instead

The best way to avoid gastric problems is to continue your pet’s meals around the same schedule they are accustomed to, including treats.  Always keep in mind your pet’s routine.

Give dogs or cats a new and safe toy to keep them occupied during the meal.
Educate guests not to share food with your pets.  Well-meaning family and friends may slip a scrap or sweet treat from the table to your pet unless you request them not to.

Try to keep stress, including the excitement of guests coming and going, to a minimum.  Stress can also create gastric issues for dogs and cats, resulting in unexpected messes.  

Consider Investing in Pet Insurance 

Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1  Dog insurance and cat insurance policies can help pet parents keep their pets healthy. Get your free quote today. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.   

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