Holidays are the busiest days in the veterinary ER. Thanksgiving will be no exception for us here at LVS. It is a holiday of excess eating for all of us, and for pets unaccustomed to the traditional rich foods of the holiday, it can lead to trouble.
The following are the foods to avoid feeding your pets over this holiday:
1. Bones. Can lead to abdominal pain; get stuck in the esophagus, stomach or intestines, cause vomiting and diarrhea, or even an emergency surgery.
2. Turkey skin. Dogs and cats cannot process high levels of fat like in turkey skin. Turkey skin can upset the GI system, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea and more severely pancreatitis. Avoid other food high in fat such as foods with butter, oils etc.
3. Toxic foods. The following commonly used food items are specifically toxic to dogs and cats:
- macadamia nuts cause neurologic signs
- grapes and raisins cause renal disease
- onions and garlic cause anemia
- nutmeg causes neurologic signs
- sage can cause GI upset
- sugar free products containing xylitol– can cause life threatening hypoglycemia, even in small amounts and possibly acute liver failure
- Chocolate can cause life threatening heart problems, seizures, GI upset
Here at LVS our emergency room and hospital is staffed 24/7 with doctors and technicians. If you have any questions or concerns please call us so that we may help you and your pet have a wonderful holiday