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Pet-friendly Thanksgiving.

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, gratitude is at the forefront of many of our minds.

At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we are thankful for the amazing patients, clients, and staff that have helped our practice become what it is today. And we hope that, in turn, you are thankful for all that your pets have given you.

Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Pets

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful for the pets in your life. Despite the mischief they get into, the love and companionship they share with us fills our hearts with joy. Here are a few reasons to be thankful for your pets:

  • Pets make us laugh. Their crazy antics and strange habits hard to resist and usually leave us smiling, if not laughing out loud.
  • Pets are always happy to welcome us home. On that note, isn’t it nice to have someone to come home to?
  • Pets motivate us to get out and get fresh air and exercise. Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk or trying to coax your cat in for the night, pets help us get outside and get moving.
  • Pets remind us when it’s time to stop working. More often than not by lying on our keyboards or dropping a slobbery ball on our paperwork until we do.
  • Pets love us unconditionally, even when we might not love ourselves that much.

But really, the reasons to be thankful for your pets are endless, and we hope you’ll share some of your reasons with us.

Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving: Sharing the Day With Your Pet

For many pet owners, extending the abundance of the Thanksgiving feast with their furry family is as natural as sharing it with Great Aunt Ida. Thankfully, many of the traditional Thanksgiving foods are perfectly safe for pets to eat, as long as they are shared in moderation and accompanied with plenty of fresh drinking water.

Your pet’s Thanksgiving menu can safely include the following people foods:

  • Turkey (as long as it’s fully cooked and de-boned)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Cranberry sauce

Make sure any Thanksgiving food you give your pets is free from fats or spices. You should also avoid alliums, such as onions, garlic, leeks, and scallions, which are extremely toxic to dogs(and unfortunately means no stuffing for Fideo). Likewise, sage (a primary herb found in most stuffing) can be dangerous for cats as well, and care should be taken to minimize their intake of this herb, as well.

Also, take care to keep any foods containing the sweetener Xylitol away from your pet’s plate, as well as uncooked bread containing yeast (it can rise in your pet’s stomach, leading to disastrous consequences). It should also be noted that, just like us, animals are prone to food-borne illnesses brought on by eating raw or undercooked meats, poultry, fish, or eggs.

From the staff at Wheaton Animal Hospital, we wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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