As we get closer to the holidays, we all know there is nothing better than moist turkey, mashed potatoes, buttery rolls, and sweet pumpkin pie. Or is that just me? Anyway, the point is whatever food you fancy, your pet will too, but it is not be wise to let them have it. Liberty Veterinary Hospital sees several pets each year for holiday mishaps. Bones, for example, can lodge in our throat, stomach or intestines causing great distress. There is also turkey skin which is difficult for us to digest and can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Any rich foods or foods that are too sugary should not be given to your pet. If you want to share some food with your pet (I know love turkey), then please give it to them in moderation. Too much of any food can cause upset stomachs and diarrhea for us. And that could ruin everyone’s holiday.

You should make sure you are aware of where your food is so we don’t just help ourselves to it because we all will if given the chance. Keep food out of reach (jumping reach too), and make sure your garbage is tied up or closed up so we aren’t tempted to dive into that as well. You know how good your food is, can you blame us for trying to get some? Remember this isn’t just for Thanksgiving which will be here real soon, but Christmas or any family feast.

Join me next week as I go over some household items and decorations that we need to be mindful of at this time of year as well. Until then, be sure to check out for other holiday tips.