Potential Problems for Pets Arise During Thanksgiving

NEW YORK – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to practice caution over the Thanksgiving holiday as many of the items prepared for humans to feast on, may pose serious problems to their furry friends.

During the holidays, there is a significant uptick in pet-related emergencies, many of which are avoidable.

Some of these problems include gastrointestinal irritations with vomiting and diarrhea, pancreatitis from eating foods high in fat, and an increase in animals being struck by vehicles.

By practicing these safety precautions and tips, you may just save your furry friend’s life:

  • Turkey bones, chicken bones and ham bones can splinter and cause the intestinal track to become perforated. Foods high in fat content can cause pancreatitis in companion animals. Make sure to seal garbage bags and place them in a tightly covered container to prevent your pets from getting into something that could injure them.
  • Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol, and raw or undercooked food can create major problems for pets. Make sure friends and family aren’t sneaking treats to your pets. It is best to keep your pets on their normal diets.
  • Doors that are left unintentionally open can result in your pet being hit by a car. As guests and deliveries come and go, make sure pets remain safely inside.
  • Poinsettias are also toxic to pets. Make sure these plants are out of reach from pets.
  • Traveling can be stressful for pets. If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, herbal remedies or medications can be provided by your veterinarian to assist with calming a pet.

“Every year, at each of our hospitals around the country, we see an increase in emergencies during the holidays, many of which are avoidable,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “While prevention is certainly the best way to avoid an emergency, if people do notice their pet exhibiting unusual behavior or symptoms of an emergency, they should get their pet to their veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinarian as soon as possible. From all of us here at BluePearl, we wish you and your pets a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.”

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,600 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.