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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips from a Denver Vet


Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and it’s only natural to want to share the holiday with your furry family members. After all, what would most pets enjoy more than a holiday that’s centered around yummy foods? Before the big day arrives, though, it’s vital to familiarize yourself with the many potential hazards your pet could face. Many of the foods and ingredients we humans love are toxic to our canine companions and feline friends. Here at Advanced Veterinary Care of Greenwood Village, we don’t want any animals to get sick this Thanksgiving. Keep reading to discover some important safety tips from a Denver vet! 

Avoid Alliums

The allium family includes onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, etc. When ingested, these common ingredients can cause anemia in pets. Some animals are more sensitive to alliums than others, so it’s best to avoid sharing them. 

Don’t Share Fat and Bones

Your pet may love chomping on a bone or snacking on fatty turkey skin or gravy, but unfortunately, they aren’t safe for snacking. Bones can cause choking, gastrointestinal upset, bowel obstruction, and even potentially life-threatening perforations. And consuming too much fat causes diarrhea, vomiting, and in extreme cases, pancreatitis. Your pet’s holiday meal should include lean turkey meat only. 

Skip Dessert

Many desserts contain ingredients that aren’t safe for pets. Raisins, grapes, xylitol, and chocolate are all toxic. The alcohol found in many holiday treats is dangerous, too. And let’s face it — consuming excess sugar isn’t good for your pet, either. This holiday season, save the sweet treats for your human guests. 

Know When to Contact a Denver Vet

If your pet eats something they shouldn’t, gets hurt during the hustle and bustle of the holiday, or needs veterinary care for any other reason, seek treatment from a Denver vet right away. Now is also an excellent time to schedule a checkup to make sure your furry friend is healthy going into the holiday season. Give us a call today to schedule your pet’s appointment!


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