As we are heading to our holiday destination we're focused on family, and the festivities. But, it's also important not to forget about our 4-legged family members, our pets.
Local Veterinarian Dr. Robert Reich with Animal Medical Clinics of Quincy says traveling in a car can be very stressful on pets. There are medications for motion sickness and anxiety if that tends to be an issue.
Also, Dr. Reich says it may be fun to have your pet ride in your lap but that might not be the safest route.
"They actually make safety harnesses that go into the dog's harness, I think that's great with the seatbelts. Or, if nothing else use a pet carrier," said Reich.
When you do arrive at your destination be cautious at the dinner table when feeding your pet 'table scraps.'
Many special occasions this time of year involve rich foods, foods that may be harmful to our pets if they get a hold of it. Aside from 'rich foods' Dr. Reich notes that the following foods also pose problems for pets: chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins and/or grapes, bread dough, alcohol and any foods containing xylitol, an artificial sweetner commonly found in dental products, chewing gum and human medications.
As you're eating Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends be sure to let guests know to not give your pet people food.
"Give them a little piece of their regular food and if you want the dog begging at the table put a little bowl of their food on the table and then people can give from the table if they want. Or, feed them a meal before you have your meal so they aren't begging at the table. But, use their own food rather than your food," said Dr. Reich.
High-fat foods can cause pancreatitis. Signs of pancreatitis include a painful abdomen, depression, weakness, vomiting and diarrhea.
If you are going to someone else's house for Thanksgiving Dr. Reich says to bring your pet's food so they aren't changing up their diet.
As Dr. Reich reminds cat owners that accidental ingestion of decorations can lead to serious problems. Cats are attracted to shiny things like garland and/or ornaments that can cause gastrointestinal problems.
For questions regarding holiday hazards, contact Dr. Robert Reich at 217-222-8383.
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