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Tips for Thanksgiving

Canadavet would like to wish all of our valued customers and their pets a very  happy and safe Thanksgiving.

The holiday season is a time when families get together and indulge in wonderful foods and treats. Our pets also get caught up in the festive spirit with new house guests and the smells of wonderful foods. This time of the year can bring increased risks for our furry friends and owners should ensure their pets stay safe during this period. Our vets have put together a few notes on what to watch out for this holiday season.

Owners need to keep an eye on the festive treats their pets are tucking into.  A few foods commonly found on our tables at this time of the year can be harmful to our pets.

Turkey and ham bones left in an accessible place are almost irresistible to pets, but these bones can splinter and lodge in an animal's throat or intestine. Cooked ham bones can cause severe constipation.

Fatty foods such as leftover fat from the Christmas ham can cause pancreatitis, a very severe and sometimes fatal disease.

Turkey stuffing with onions and garlic contains the chemical thiosulphate, which can cause red blood cells to weaken and rupture.

Nuts especially macadamia nuts can cause muscle weakness and a type of paralysis. The exact substance that triggers this reaction is unknown. Pets tend to regain full use of their legs but veterinary advice should be sought immediately.

Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, and even a single ounce of pure chocolate can be lethal to a small dog. Dark and unsweetened cooking chocolate are most dangerous. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, hyperactivity and seizures. After a dog has eaten a large quantity of chocolate, many pet owners assume their dog is unaffected. However, the signs of sickness may not be seen for several hours, with potential death following within twenty-four hours.

Many people like a tipple during the festive season but remember that alcohol should be strictly kept in the hands of humans. Dogs and cats are much smaller than people, and so are much more susceptible to the poisonous effects of alcohol.

Also it is important to remember to remove leftovers from the table and don't leave garbage where animals can get to it.

By following these few simple tips you can ensure that this Thanksgiving will be fun and safe for both you and your pets.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Canadavet!

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