Thanksgiving is almost here and the team at South Point Pet Hospital wants to make sure your entire family, four-legged members included, have a wonderful and safe holiday. Of course, some of that safety comes from your preparations. In a scary situation, please know that the South Point Pet Hospital team is here to help. Our hospital is equipped with the latest medical technology including digital intravenous infusion pumps, fluid line warmer, warming blankets, pulse oximetry and capnography, and pulse Doppler blood pressure measurement.
In an emergency situation and need an after-hours veterinarian? Like people, pets may need immediate care for illness or injury. UrgentVet is there when South Point Pet Hospital is closed. Think of them as urgent care for pets. They help your pet – and you – feel better in no time. In fact, they are open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on all major holidays to make sure your pet gets the care they need when they need it.
The most common illness for pets during Thanksgiving is food-related, and it’s something to really consider. We have a list of foods that must be kept far away from your pet’s mouth.
- Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
- Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
- Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
- Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
- Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.
Please make sure your family, friends, and guests do all that they can to keep food out of your pet’s range. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!