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Posted on 11-09-2015

It's that time of year again, Thanksgiving!!!  The time to feast on entirely too much food and not have one ounce of guilt for doing so.  Its also that time of year when we are so thankful for all that is good in our lives and what is better then our dogs!  It may be tempting to give your dog a small bite of turkey or a little piece of Grandma's cornbread dressing.  But, unless you want to be up later that night cleaning up diarrhea or vomit, I would strongly suggest you don't.  Our food is much richer then dog food and can cause great GI distress.  Sure, your dog will likely be fine, but what if he is not?!  Every year we here at Custer McDermott Animal Hospital treat several cases of intestinal upset including vomiting and diarrhea after turkey day.  But some cases aren't so mild. 

Table food can lead to:

Bloody diarrhea- potentially requiring IV fluid therapy, hospitalization

Pancreatitis- requiring hospitalization but could lead to death

Foreign body- that drumstick could get stuck requiring surgery

So this Thanksgiving, enjoy your time with friends, family, and your pets.  Just don't share your feast with your beast.

But if your pet does get sick please don't hesitate to give us a call.  We will be closed on Thanksgiving day but will resume normal business hours on Friday.

--Dr. Alexandra Brewer

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