Austin Bluffs Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital and does Complete Veterinary Medical, Dental & Surgical Care including Geriatrics. Richard Monyek is experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Colorado Springs veterinarian.

We know that Thanksgiving can be a stressful and exciting time for the family, and it’s important to think about your pet’s needs while things can get a little crazy in your home. We have some safety tips for pet parents in the area to remember before the big day!

First things first, be sure to mind entrances and exits to your home. In the hoopla of people coming and going, a door left open can provide a quick exit for an opportunistic pet. Be sure to watch these potential exits and be sure your guests understand the importance of keeping doors and windows closed.

It’s also important to keep certain Thanksgiving foods away from your pet, as even a simple grape can cause serious health issues for your pet.

  • 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.

If you have any questions regarding your pet’s health or safety during the Thanksgiving holiday, please be sure to contact us!

The entire team at Austin Bluffs Animal Clinic wishes you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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