Los Angeles – Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings family and friends together, but it can come with risks for pets.
From holiday food that should be kept away from pets to pet owners who travel and need to transport their pet safely, the The American Veterinary Medical Association revealed advice to keep your furry friends happy and safe during Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
What can I feed my pet on Thanksgiving?
Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but the AVMA says it can be even worse for pets.
“If you want to give your pet something fun for Thanksgiving, go get them a special treat or something from the store designed just for them,” Dr Douglas Kratt, former president of AVMA, told FOX Television. Stations. “I know the holidays are here and we want to involve our pets, but we have to be careful.”
Frequently, Kratt has stated that lean turkey and vegetables such as green beans, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and peas should be safe. for your pets to eat, assuming they’re not in the sauces.
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However, Kratt noted that pet owners should be very careful when feeding animals human food.
Many foods that are healthy for humans are toxic to pets, including onions, raisins, and grapes.
And many spices can be harmful as well, including onion powder and garlic powder, which can cause blood disorders.
Too much fat, which can include turkey or turkey skin, can be difficult for your pet to digest and can even cause a condition known as pancreatitis in some animals.
Additionally, poultry bones can cause choking, as well as damage to a pet’s digestive tract.
Finally, holiday candy can contain ingredients that are toxic to pets. For example, chocolate can be harmful to pets, and the artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – can also be fatal if consumed by dogs or cats. .
Symptoms to watch out for
According to the AVMA, signs of distress in animals include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting or diarrhea.
“If they’re more withdrawn from us and that’s not typical, or if they have trouble vomiting, do they have an upset stomach, these are things to look out for,” Kratt continued. “If they keep walking and it’s not normal or if they have abnormal posture, it could be a problem.”
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The first thing to do is pick up your phone, because AVMA has said swift action can save lives.
If you think your pet has been poisoned or has eaten something it shouldn’t have, immediately call your vet or local emergency vet clinic.
You can also call the ASPCA poison control hotline.
Other Pet Safety Precautions
During the holidays, guests come in and out, and some visitors may upset your furry friend.
Some pets can become shy or excitable around new people or crowds, so if you know your pet is nervous, arrange to put him in another room with a favorite toy. This can help reduce stress on the animal.
Plus, be sure to store your trash where your pets can’t locate it. Throw out turkey carcasses and bones – which can be fatal to your pet – and place them in a covered, tightly sealed garbage bag in an outside garbage can.
Traveling with a pet during the holidays
Whether you are taking your pets with you or leaving them behind, it is important to take precautions to protect them when traveling on vacation.
You will want to pack for your pet the same way you pack for yourself when you go on a trip. Remember to take your pet’s food, medications, medical records, information to help identify your pet if it gets lost, and first aid supplies.
If you are traveling across national or international borders, your pet will need a health certificate from your veterinarian.
Learn the requirements for all states you will visit or pass through, and make an appointment with your veterinarian to obtain the necessary certificate within the timeframe required by those states.
If you are traveling by plane, the AVMA said you should speak to your vet first. Air travel can put some animals at risk, especially short-nosed dogs.
If you are traveling by vehicle, secure your pet in a harness or carrier, away from any airbags. This will help protect your pet from an accident and keep them away from any poisonous food. Also, never leave your pets alone in vehicles, even for a short time.
If you are taking your dog to boarding, talk to your veterinarian to find out how best to protect your pet from canine flu
and other contagious diseases, and make sure your pet is up to date with their vaccines. Also, plan ahead. Many kennels reserve, so make sure you have a plan in place.