Thanksgiving is upon us and we look forward to gathering with our family, which of course includes our pets. People and pets alike will be enticed by the smells of the feast, and while it may be tempting to toss your pet a bone or share some scraps under the table, this could do more harm than good.
Ham or turkey bones can get lodged in your pet’s throat and cause choking, and you certainly don’t want to spend part of your holiday in the emergency vet clinic. Bones can also cause obstructions in your pet’s esophagus, stomach, or intestines, which could require surgery.
Fatty food like turkey skin, grizzle, and gravy can also cause acute inflammation of the pancreas, especially in certain breeds like miniature poodles, miniature schnauzers, Yorkshire terriers, and cocker spaniels. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
If you really want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, buy or make a special treat with ingredients that are safe for them.
When the feast is over, remember that if your kitchen trash can is accessible to your pet, he may be tempted to dig into it to get to those scraps he’s smelling. Secure all bones and scraps in bags and trash cans that are out of your pet’s reach.
With planning, your holiday can be filled with gratitude while also remaining safe for your pet. It’s just another wise step in proactive, preventative care for your beloved pets, which is what we’re all about at the PetWellClinics® of Knoxville and Alcoa.
Because we don’t have the overhead of surgical care, PetWellClinic® is able to offer substantially discounted prices for safe flea, tick, and heartworm preventative products, vaccinations, wellness exams, and treatment of minor conditions. Think of us as a “minute clinic” for your pet—no appointment necessary, with quick in-and-out service. For added convenience, we’re open evenings and weekends, even Sunday.
If you’re curious about how we’re able to offer more affordable pet care without compromising quality, check out our free and quick guidebook to how PetWellClinic® can save you time and money.
PetWellClinic® has three locations: 10549 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922; 7329 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919; and 228 S. Calderwood Street, Alcoa, TN 37701. Learn more about how PetWellClinic® can exceed your expectations for affordable, top quality pet care by visiting our website at www.petwellclinic.com.