FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are warning pet owners of the potential dangers to cats and dogs during Thanksgiving holiday celebrations.
Whether hosting a Thanksgiving get-together or visiting with others, it is important for pet owners to be mindful of harmful foods and household dangers. Pet owners should make it a priority to keep certain foods out of reach from pets, secure their trash receptacles and use caution with holiday decorations.
Experts from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists urge pet owners to keep the following hazardous foods away from pets:
- Bones- One of the most common reasons for pets being admitted to the ER during the holidays is the ingestion of bones. Swallowing a bone can block airways and digestive tracts of pets. Turkey and chicken bones are especially dangerous for pets because they are hollow and tend to splinter when chewed.
- Turkey- Feeding even a small amount of turkey to a dog or cat can trigger pancreatitis, a life-threatening condition for pets. Ingesting raw turkey can also lead to the contraction of salmonella.
- Raw Dough & Batter- Ingesting anything with raw eggs is never good for pets or humans because of the risk for salmonella. The yeast in uncooked dough can be especially harmful when fed to pets, causing painful bloating and gas.
- Sugar-Free Confections- Xylitol is a common ingredient in sugar-free products and is highly toxic to dogs, sometimes even deadly. Pet owners should be mindful of which products in their home contain xylitol and keep them out of reach.
- Onions, Chocolate, Raisins and Grapes- Many pet owners are aware of the toxic properties of these common household foods. These foods are often incorporated into a variety of Thanksgiving day dishes, which should not be fed to pets, even in small portions.
Thanksgiving dangers are not exclusive to toxic food. Having visitors for holiday celebrations can be exciting, however it may upset shy or less sociable pets. Keeping pets in a safe, confined area with their favorite toy during large holiday gatherings can greatly reduce their emotional stress and prevent escape through frequently opening exterior doors.
Household decorations can also be deadly for curious pets. Candles, plastic or glass decorative ornaments, certain kinds of plants and electric cords should be placed out or reach from pets or be properly secured.
“Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to be with friends and family members, including pets,” Said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “We hope these tips will help pet owners keep their pets safe from harm during holiday festivities and avoid a trip to the emergency room.”
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists staff members are preparing for an increase in Thanksgiving related pet emergencies this upcoming weekend and are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. For questions or concerns regarding your pet or more Thanksgiving safety tips please call LVS at 954-641-1127.
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.