It’s important to know that during an emergency during business hours, we always welcome walk-in, drop-off, and urgent care/emergency cases. If, however, you find that your pet is in need of after-hours urgent or emergency care, the nearest after-hours emergency care facilities are listed on our emergency page.
Now, we want to talk about Thanksgiving! A simple, fun, and relaxing holiday can be problematic for your companion if simple measures are not taken. First things first, let’s talk about securing your home. With friends and family doming and going, be sure to make sure all guests know that it’s important that doors and windows stay closed. A lost pet during a holiday, or anytime, can be stressful for all members of the household, not to mention the safety risks it poses toy our furbaby.
Finally, let’s talk about table scraps. The smells are going to be intoxicating for dogs and cats alike, but it’s important to keep these foods far away from them. For cats and their nearly unlimited range, it’s important to make sure they are not left alone with access to food. Be sure that all guests in your home understand the importance of keeping certain foods away from your pet’s mouths.
- Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
- Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
- Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
- Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
- Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.
If you have any questions at all, please be sure to contact us immediately!