Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! At this special time of year, there's nothing better than getting together with friends and family to enjoy a special meal and celebrate the year's blessings. Turkey figures prominently in many a Thanksgiving feast and it’s important to remind your guests who are often tempted to sneak treats to Poochie who's sitting quietly under the table waiting for dropped scraps, that you should never feed dogs cooked bones as they can splinter and the shards could cause choking as well as blockage or injury to your dog’s gastro-intestinal tract. Gravy, whipped cream and other rich foods that typically grace the holiday table can also cause gastric distress such as vomiting and diarrhea. Ensure your festive get-together doesn't end with a trip to the vet by following these safety precautions provided by BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

• Turkey bones, chicken bones and ham bones can splinter and cause the intestinal track to become perforated. Foods high in fat content can cause pancreatitis in companion animals. Make sure to seal garbage bags and place them in a tightly covered container to prevent your pets from getting into something that could injure them.
• Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol, and raw or undercooked food can create major problems for pets. Make sure friends and family aren’t sneaking treats to your pets. It is best to keep your pets on their normal diets.
• Doors that are left unintentionally open can result in your pet being hit by a car. As guests and deliveries come and go, make sure pets remain safely inside.
• Poinsettias are also toxic to pets. Make sure these plants are out of reach from pets.
• Traveling can be stressful for pets. If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, herbal remedies or medications can be provided by your veterinarian to assist with calming a pet. 

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Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!