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Happy Thanksgiving from Claiborne Hill!
It’s almost Turkey Time and we’re all getting ready to gather with friends and family to eat too much food and watch some football. Fluffy and Fido love to be included in all your holiday plans, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you aren’t facing a Thanksgiving day trip to the emergency clinic.
Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. We humans love our chocolate candies and desserts, but chocolate is not safe for our pets. While a whole candy bar or a handful of chocolate kisses doesn’t seem like much to you, that can be a toxic dose for your pets.
Turkey and all the fixings make for a fabulous holiday meal, but if you are sharing any of it with Fluffy and Fido please be careful. Out pets can get very ill from consuming a larger than normal amount of food, especially if the food is not their usual doggie kibble. Excess consumption can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, but also to a life threatening condition called pancreatitis. Try to avoid these issues by only giving small treats, like a small piece of turkey meat or a mouthful of mashed potatoes, and otherwise just spoiling your furry family with extra pets and attention.
Bones of any kind are another ‘no’, too great a risk of stomach injury or breaking a tooth. If you absolutely must give Fido a special treat on Thanksgiving, consider a new toy instead of a food item.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Claiborne Hill!