Clay Humane Warns of Deadly Holiday Dangers
ORANGE PARK, Fla. – (Nov. 16, 2017) — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, is reminding families with pets of some serious holiday dangers.
“While we love to include our pets in Thanksgiving celebrations, animals have different dietary needs and safety concerns that families with pets need to remember,” said Dr. Christian Broadhurst, senior staff veterinarian at Clay Humane. “Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for veterinarians because pets suffer from a variety of life-threatening, but preventable, ailments.”
Dr. Broadhurst offers five tips to keep pets safe during Thanksgiving:
- Take Away Turkey Bones: While it is okay to share a little bit of turkey meat with your pets, never give your pet the entire bone. Turkey bones may splinter and get stuck in your pet’s throat, windpipes or stomach.
- Nix New Foods: Our tables might be filled with mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce, but these foods can cause stomach distress for pets. Foods your pets are not accustomed to eating can even lead to pancreatitis, a swelling of the pancreas that is sometimes deadly. Do not give pets table foods and instead offer them treats designed for them.
- Put Away Poisonous Foods: Some foods we humans enjoy are very harmful to pets. Avoid chocolate, onions, garlic, raisins, grapes and alcohol. These are just a few examples of foods that are poisonous to pets. Keep these foods away from your animals all year long and watch for poisonous ingredients in your holiday dishes.
- Retreat with a Quiet Resting Place: Holiday visitors can be overwhelming for pets. Pets can be upset by family, friends and other visitors coming in and out of the house on Thanksgiving. Give pets a safe place to relax such as a crate or a closed room with beds or towels to rest. Remember to also offer them plenty of food and water.
- Visit the Vet: If your pet becomes sick over Thanksgiving, make sure you know the names and addresses of nearby emergency veterinarians. If your pet appears lethargic, suffers diarrhea or vomiting or ingests a dangerous food, call the veterinarian for assistance.
Thanksgiving is a great time to enjoy friends and and family members, including the family pet. Thanksgiving can be safe and fun for the entire family with a few simple precautions.
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About Clay Humane
Clay Humane is a nonprofit animal welfare organization offering spay / neuter surgeries and other veterinary care at substantially reduced rates. Located in Orange Park, Fla., the clinic also offers humane education, pet behavioral counseling, pet therapy, wildlife protection and disaster preparation and response. Established in 1978, Clay Humane relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to operate and is committed to providing care to animals throughout Florida’s First Coast. For more information about Clay Humane, please visit www.clayhumane.org.