Happy Thanksgiving to you and those you love. It's time to stop and think about everything for which we are grateful, for the special people in our lives and the special people and pets who have graced our lives. I am very grateful for my sixteen year old Chartreux, Aimee, who makes every day special.
We love our companions and as the holiday season starts, we have to be aware of keeping them safe and healthy with so much food around. Some people food is definitely not good for pets! Even if you think it's out of reach, chances are it isn't. Never underestimate a clever and agile dog or cat.
There are things you must be sure they don't ingest. Be sure you warn your dinner guests not to give them any of the following:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Nuts like Pecan, Walnuts, almonds contain high amounts of fats causing vomiting and diarrhea
- Alcohol - Some guests think it's amusing to let the pet drink alcohol. It's potentially lethal.
- Citrus peels, leaves, fruit and seeds of plants
- Coconut and Coconut Oil
- Coconut Water is high in potassium which is not good for pets
- Salty snack foods
- Yeast Dough rises and can result in gastrointestinal problems including bloat among other issues and is potentially lethal
- Xylitol is in sugarless chewing gum and is showing up in peanut butter. Read candy and gum labels carefully
Your pets may be consuming small amounts of some of the above but please be careful. Better safe than sorry. Avoid possible death and definite veterinary bills. There's a reason why veterinary hospitals are so busy during the holidays.
Obviously, keep trash sealed and put where your pets cannot possibly get into it.
Now, as a treat for you, here's a chance to watch a couple of Golden Retriever puppies eat and grow. Enjoy!