On this Thanksgiving Day, many people will gather for smaller and safer celebrations amid the pandemic. During these more intimate celebrations, pet owners may find that their pet is getting more attention or has more access to the festival than in previous years.
Dr. Dalton Hindmarsh, a resident of the Emergency and Intensive Care Unit at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), says owners should create a plan and set clear guidelines from the start to avoid pet-related issues that are Often associated with holiday celebrations, about how the pet should be treated by dinner guests, regardless of the size or guest list of your gathering.
“Owners should really avoid feeding their pets Thanksgiving food as the sudden change in diet can lead to gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and / or diarrhea) and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas),” Hindmarsh said. “Foods that contain chocolate, artificial sweeteners (xylitol), large amounts of garlic or onions, grapes or raisins, certain nuts like macadamia nuts and bread dough can cause toxicity.”
If a pet manages to consume Human’s Feast, Hindmarsh recommends owners calling either the nearest emergency facility or a pet poison control center such as ASPCA Poison Control.
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This doesn’t mean your pet can’t get pampered during the vacation. small treats can be given provided they are safe. These can be store-bought treats marketed for pets, or small amounts of vegetables like carrots or green beans. Boiled potatoes can also be a tasty, low-calorie treat for pets, according to Hindmarsh, as long as they’re not covered in toppings like butter, sour cream, or marshmallows.
Owners can also say thank you to their pet by spending extra time with them during the Thanksgiving Day and Holiday Week. This can be a relaxing activity for both pet and owner.
“Holidays can be very stressful for pets, and it’s important to spend a few minutes with your pet to do something they enjoy like going for a walk or playing fetch,” said Hindmarsh.
Since pets, like their human owners, can get excited with the excitement of the vacation, owners should keep an eye on their pet to determine which environment is best for them.
“Every pet is a little different; For some, disconnecting them from the party may be more stressful, while others need a room to retreat to when the holiday festivities overwhelm them, ”Hindmarsh said.