Veterinarian - San Diego
1540 Morena Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92110



By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
November 20, 2012
Category: Pet Safety
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The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us and since the holidays are a time of giving and sharing, we thought we’d share some of our holiday pet-safety tips to keep both you and your pet happy and healthy this season.  With the hustle and bustle of shopping, gathering with friends & family, and slaving over a nice holiday feast, please give some thought to your beloved pet family members for they will not be as thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement.

It is important to know the effects human foods can have on your pet's health.  The holidays tend to bring about a variety of foods that can be unhealthy and potentially toxic to pets.   Certain human foods overly rich in fats may result in gastrointestinal irritation or in severe cases, pancreatitis in pets.  Many herbs and seasonings contain essential oils and resins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities.  Poultry bones tend to splinter easily when chewed, posing a serious threat of internal injury and obstruction.  Other foods such as chocolate, onions, avocado, grapes, and raisins are all toxic to pets.

If those begging eyes are starting to tempt you to treat your pet, consider giving them a feast of their own with veterinary APPROVED pet treats or a favorite toy!  We would be happy to recommend a healthy alternative.

With the nearing of Thanksgiving, we think about all we are grateful for.  Our relationship with you and your pet family, whether it includes a dog, cat, rodent, rabbit, reptile, ferret, bird, or any exotic pet, is one thing we truly treasure.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Morena Pet Hospital!