Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for friends, family, and everything great in our lives! Of course, that doesn’t mean everything shouldn’t be monitored around your pet. Today, we have some tips for keeping your pet safe during the upcoming holiday. Click here to learn more about our emergency services. 

Did you know that certain foods can cause real issues for your pet? Chocolate can cause seizures and death in dogs and cats. Darker chocolate, such as unsweetened baker’s chocolate, is more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Even cocoa bean mulch, when eaten in large quantities, can be a problem. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe. Grapes, raisins, and currants — even grape juice — in small amounts can cause kidney failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe. Onions, garlic, leeks, and chives can be toxic in dogs and cats. When chewed or swallowed, these ingredients can cause anemia and gastrointestinal upset. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days for dogs and cats to get lost? Once a pet is outside and unleashed, anything can happen. Be sure to watch the door as people come and go to your event. Be sure to secure windows as well. Just in case, be sure all your pets are microchipped and wearing identification collars. And, ensure your microchips are registered and up to date. If your pet has anxiety issues, put them in a closed bedroom or basement, away from the holiday shenanigans, with a plug-in pheromone diffuser and calming music.

If you do need to come to see us, not to worry – we’re here for moments like this! During tense moments, we’ll make sure your pet is well taken care of. 24/7 PetVets is Fear Free certified. The Fear Free Certification Program provides professionals with the tools, protocols, and knowledge to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in patients, and to implement Fear Free into their practices.

If your pet has ingested any of these harmful substances, please contact us immediately. We’re always happy to help!