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Thanksgiving is 2 days away!  We wanted to pass along some tips to make it a healthy & safe holiday for you & your pet(s).

Toxic Holiday Foods & Plants:

  1. Stuffing.  Ingredients in stuffing like onions, grapes or raisins are toxic to pets, so forgo the stuffing.
  2. Pumpkin Pie.  Plain pumpkin is safe but the other ingredients in pumpkin pie can cause stomach upset and other digestive disorders.
  3. Chocolate and the artificial sweetener, Xylitol are both highly toxic to pets
  4. Poultry bones.  Do not give your pet any turkey bones to eat off of.  They can break easily and cause serious medical issues.
  5. Pointsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Lillies, Daffodils, & Amaryllis are all toxic to pets and should be avoided in the home
  6. Christmas Trees: besides the danger of lights & ornaments, fir trees produce an irritant that can cause excessive vomiting or drooling.  The water used to nourish the tree can also be filled with bacteria and a few licks can cause your pet to become extremely sick.

Safe Holiday Foods:

  1. Small amount of fully cooked turkey without skin is safe for pets.  Add it to their food bowl as a little treat.
  2. Plain, cooked sweet potatoes (without the marshmallows & brown sugar).
  3. Plain, cooked green beans are safe but not green bean casserole.
  4. Cranberry Sauce in a small amount is also safe.

If you think your pet has ingested something that has made him sick, call your vet immediately or call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.

We wish you and your furry family a Happy, Healthy, & Safe Thanksgiving!

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