- Keep holiday food out of reach of pets as any food that your pet is not used to eating can wreak havoc on your pet’s gastrointestinal system.
- Don’t give your pets foods that contain too much fat such as dark meat turkey, butter, nuts, gravies, bacon, ham, etc. as they can cause pancreatitis which is a potentially life-threatening condition.
- Never ever give your pets chocolate or any candy or desert containing Xylitol which is an artificial sweetener as chocolate and Xylitol are highly toxic to your pet.
- No garlic, onions, raisins, grapes, currants, herbs, or essential oils as they can be toxic to your pet.
- Turkey bones can puncture or become lodged in your in your pet’s gastrointestinal system so don’t give your pets access to them.
- If you deep fry your turkey—do not allow your pet anywhere near the deep fryer.
- Keep your holiday trash out of your pet’s reach.
- If you must share your holiday meal with your pet—offer a very small amount of white meat turkey without skin, a dollop of mashed potatoes, some green beans, and a little lick of pumpkin pie.
The Emergency Division of The Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year to provide care for your pet when needed. You can reach our Emergency Division at 703.361.8287.