Ask the Veterinarian: 3 Thanksgiving pet safety tips

Thanksgiving offers many temping and dangerous treats for pets. SPCA Florida Veterinarian Dr. Rachel Bouton shares tips to avoid an emergency animal hospital visit:

1. Breakfast – A lot of holiday sweet breads and rolls contain raisins and grapes, which are toxic to dogs. “Even just a few can result in acute kidney failure,” said Dr. Bouton.

She recommends immediate veterinary attention if pets ingest raisins and exhibit anuria, or lack of urine production.

2. Dinner – “Bones pose a choking risk and splinters could obstruct or lacerate the digestive tract,” said Dr. Bouton. Fat trimmings may seem like a nice treat poured over dry food, but can cause upset stomach and pancreatitis.

She encourages pet parents to keep “tasty” tin foil away from dogs and cats. While it can be enticing to lick, if ingested tin foil does not show up on X-rays and can harm the digestive tract.

Enjoying a glass of wine with your meal? Alcohol is off limits for dogs and cats because intoxicated animals can suffer from vomiting, seizures, coma and even death.

3. Dessert – Many holiday cookies and desserts contain nuts, which can upset animals’ stomachs. Keep your dogs and cats away from almonds, pistachios and macadamia nuts.

Chocolate is off limits for cats and dogs as it can lead to vomiting, heart arrhythmias, tremors and seizures. The darker and richer, the more toxic.

Regardless of the table scraps and leftovers, Dr. Bouton strongly advises guardians to maintain their dogs’ and cats’ regular diet and to caution visitors against slipping animals special Thanksgiving “treats”.

SPCA Florida McClurg Animal Medical Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and re-open Friday, November 23 at 8 a.m. If your pet experiences a veterinary emergency Thanksgiving day please contact Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic, (863) 665-3199, located at 3609 U.S. 98 in Lakeland.