As our families gather to give thanks, we as pet parents need to remember that our pets can become anxious by the over load of or rapid changes that are occurring during the festivities. All the new people coming over and wanting to see the dog or cat can be a scary thing for them. If your pet isn’t the most social butterfly then maybe having them in their own private area during the festivities. Or you could have your family go slow with them and get to know your pet at their own pace. Possibly enticement with treats or toys and some positive reinforcement for them coming towards you. It’s a joyous holiday, there is no need for anyone to be bit or for your pet to go through this kind of anxiety.
The other turkey in the room that we need to address is all the rich and decadent foods being cooked and the GI (Gastrointestinal) upset that comes with them. I’m talking simple gassy toots to full on pancreatitis. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, no matter how cute those little begging faces are they don’t need any food from your table. An abundance of table food can induce pancreatitis in your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration, DIABETES, and DEATH can be the outcome of giving your pets food from the table and inducing pancreatitis. I’m not trying to scare you, but in our business we see this horror movie play out over and over again. No one should have to live through this especially your pet. For the holidays you should get them a bag of their favorite treats or have a handful of their own food near your when you all gather to eat. When they come to beg for your food hand them their own treats and let them think that they are getting something special for the holidays. Mind over matter is a powerful thing.
Still, Enjoy the holidays! The Pet Doctor wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but be smart about it with our pets!