It's a picture familiar to most of us. We're stuffed full of turkey and all the trimmings and making plans and plotting routes to get the best deals on Christmas gifts. We wake up at 3am from our turkey coma to go fight crowds and stand in lines to save on that one electronic item our teenager is just dying to have. Retailers have been planning all year for their biggest sale of the year. Well, guess what? Retailers are not the only ones planning for Black Friday. Veterinarians are too!
Black Friday Pet Illness is Preventable
However, Black Friday takes on a whole new meaning in veterinary medicine. Veterinary Black Friday consists of case after case of pancreatitis from pets who were allowed to lick the turkey drippings. It consists of case after case of foreign body surgeries from pets who were allowed to eat the turkey carcass. Unfortunately for pet owners, Veterinary Black Friday does not include sale prices. Often times pet owners are forced to seek treatment at an emergency animal hospital during the holidays which means inflated treatment prices. The good news: most Black Friday pet illnesses are preventable!
Thanksgiving Foods You Should Avoid Giving Your Pet
Here is a list of common Thanksgiving foods you should avoid giving to your pet:
Foods You Can Give Your Pet for Thanksgiving
So, if the need persists to include your four legged family member in your Thanksgiving celebration, there are certain items you can give your pets to make them feel included in the festivities and minimize the risk of having to spend your Black Friday shopping money at the emergency vet. When fed in moderation, some of the safe items include:
Keep in mind, even though the above foods are considered "safe", they still have the potential to cause GI upset if your pet is not used to eating table food. There are also other ways to make your pet feel a part of the big day rather than a plate of food. Take a nice walk, play a game of fetch, or just curl up on the couch together and watch your favorite Christmas movie.
For more information on Thanksgiving Pet Safety, please click here to visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website.