Colitis (inflammation of the colon), gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and small intestine) and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) are the major diseases that can result from our pets being indulged with food they normally don’t eat. These conditions can cause vomiting, lethargy, decreased appetite and diarrhea. Your pet may need emergency veterinary care or even hospitalization to stabilize them. We all know how hard it is to resist those sad eyes and drooling lips but you must remember that even though it may be fine for us, it doesn’t mean it is good for your pets.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t do something special for our pets during the holidays. Some treats can include setting aside a small amount of potatoes before adding any butter or milk to mix into their dinner bowl. Also, you can cut up a few small turkey pieces with no skin or bones and use them in a Kong or special treat ball for your animal’s enjoyment. Lastly, don’t forget some quality playtime before guests arrive or buying a special holiday toy that can amuse them while you or your guests are eating or watching football.
The veterinary emergency hospital is not an enjoyable place to spend Thanksgiving Day, or any day for that matter. Taking a few precautions can allow you and your family to have a wonderful holiday.