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Holiday Foods and Pet Safety for Northwood Pet Parents

What better way to bring together the special people in your life over the holidays than to bond over good food? But there are some foods that most pets absolutely love and will beg for, so make sure that your Holiday feast includes your beloved Fido or Fluffy, but keep in mind there are foods that can be harmful to pets.

As a Northwood pet parent, we want to make sure that you and your pets have a safe and happy Holiday season. To guide you, we've prepared this list of holiday foods that can be harmful to your pet.


Poultry Bones

Pets and poultry bones are a dangerous mix. Poultry bones can splinter, which is dangerous for pets. Dogs and cats can choke on the splintered bone, or it could get stuck in their intestines. This could cause them to have surgery performed on them to remove the bone. It's also possible that your pet could develop a blockage in its digestive tract, which would also require emergency surgery.

So, no matter how much your pets want the bones, it's not worth the risk. Try to stick to treats that are in the form of small bones.


Grapes and Raisins

Raisins and grapes are extremely toxic to cats and dogs and may cause kidney failure or death. They can cause kidney failure in dogs and other animals. If you think your pet has eaten grapes, it's best to take them to the vet right away. The vet will probably give them medication and fluids to help prevent kidney failure. But prevention is better than cure, so try to keep grapes or raisins out of reach of your pets.


Turkey Skin and Fat

It's the season for turkey, and you might be tempted to let your pet nibble on a few scraps of turkey skin or fat. Don't!

Here's why: Pancreatitis is a serious condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, often due to fat particles blocking its ducts. It can be deadly if left untreated. And what causes it? Well, you know how dogs love to chew on bones? Well, if they chew on raw bones that have been seasoned with salt or meat, the bone can splinter and cause them to swallow pieces of bone or bone marrow. This can lead to pancreatitis.

So what does this mean for your pet eating turkey skin or fat? If they eat too much of it over time, they could also develop this condition. You wouldn't want that risk to happen to your fur baby, would you? 


Looking for pet care in Northwood?

If you are looking for pet care here in Northwood this holiday, then you have come to the right place. At Northwood Animal Hospital, we want to provide the best care for your pet during the holidays. Book your pet's boarding appointment now before we book up!


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