When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of family, food, and fun! Even better, our pets get to partake in the fun with us! However, there are certain foods that can cause serious issues for your pet. Today, we have some tips on foods to keep away from your pet and what to do in an emergency.

If you have a pet emergency during normal business hours please call the office at 301-663-5591. If you have an emergency after normal business hours we work with local emergency clinics that are fully staffed through the evening hours, weekends and holidays. Because of their full complement of staff, they can provide complete care and overnight monitoring, something we are unable to provide in our clinic after regular business hours. Most cases are referred to us the next day if they require continued hospitalization or treatment. The pet emergency clinics we refer to are listed at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s surgery or appointment or medication and the clinic is closed, call the office between the hours of 7 AM and 10 PM and follow the voicemail prompts to leave a message for the veterinarian on call and they will call you back.

If you have a potential pet poisoning you can call Pet Poison Hotline at 1-800-213-6680 or online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com. Please be aware there is a per incident fee to access help from this service.

During Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep certain foods away from your pet.

  • Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
  • Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
  • Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
  • Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
  • Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! The entire Glade Valley Animal Hospital team is here to help!

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