Thanksgiving is this week and we will all be celebrating with our family and friends. Just a quick reminder that although we love our pets and want to share every occasion with them, we have to make sure to keep the human food away from them to avoid a trip to the emergency vet.
Check out the tips below from the American Veterinary Medical Association to make sure your pets are safe so that you enjoy the day with your entire family! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
- Keep the feast on the table—not under it. Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
- No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
- Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
- Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
- Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
Visit AVMA for more safety tips on how to keep your pets safe if you’re hosting a big family party and have people coming in and out of your home or if you are traveling with your pets this Thanksgiving.
*Thank you to Precious & Few Photography for the beautiful image.
Are you guys having a great friday? Me, not so much, I am sick again for the 3rd or 4th time in a month. Honestly I have lost count, I have been sick on and off since the beginning of October. But let’s not focus on that and let’s all have a great day – the weekend is so close I can taste it.
Last weekend, I attended two Halloween pet events with Wiggily Waggily – Nassau Barkfest and Dog Days Fall Festival at Old Westbury Gardens. By the way, did you all have a great Halloween? If your pets got dressed up, please comment below or share your pictures with me on IG or FB (@wiggilywaggily). Ok, back to what I was saying….I was so excited that we were invited to participate again this year as a vendor in these events. I really enjoy going each year. I get to meet so many new pets and their parents – and I get to see some of my existing clients too, outside of the “office” (hehe). It’s also a great way to catch up with other pet professionals.
Saturday I was at Nassau Barkfest at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow and on Sunday I attended Dog Days Fall Festival at Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury. They were both so much fun. There were so many dogs in some pretty awesome costumes. I find it so cool to see how much thought these parents put into their pets costume. Some of them go all out and include the entire family – mom, dad, the kids, even grandma and grandpa. My dog never liked getting dressed up, he hates it. He doesn’t even like wearing a winter coat. So I always love seeing other pets enjoy being in their costumes. If you’ve never been to one, I highly suggest you do next time. Especially if you own pets or even if you don’t, I promise you’ll have a great time.
Look at these amazing costumes….
These are only a few of my favorites. For more pictures check out our YouTube channel. You’ll get to see the rest of my favorites from both events. If you participated in one of the pet parades, you might just see your pup on there too.
A quick shout out to Jeris Pugh from The Martial ARFS, it was great seeing you again and learning more about what you guys do at Martial ARFS. To Ginny Munger Kahn from LI-Dog, loved meeting you, finally. Check them out, they’re a great organization doing great work to get more dog friendly parks on LI. And last but not least to my favorite fur-kids Larah & Sage and their mom for stopping by on Sunday to say hello and going with me to see the pet parade.
Till next time!