As a food-loving, red-blooded American, Thanksgiving means turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, cranberries and sweet potato soufflé. It means time with family and seeing loved ones you may not have seen for months or sometimes years. Perhaps most importantly, it means not having to wait for the weekend to watch football (even if you already know the Lions and Redskins are going to lose).
As a veterinarian, Thanksgiving brings completely different sentiments. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for veterinarians. Every year we see several emergency cases. Emergency visits are no fun for anyone and some can be avoided by simply following one rule:
Do not share any Thanksgiving treats with your furry loved ones.
As pet owners, we express our love for pets through food. This is true of pet owners of all species from dogs to horses and cats to cows. We are reinforced by the way they jump up and seem so excited when we give them even the smallest morsel. However, recent studies have shown that even the most food motivated pets prefer praise (a pat on the head, a good boy or even a belly rub) to food. This information could potentially help us avoid some unnecessary hospital visits this holiday season.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind over the holiday season:
It may sound like I am encouraging you to not let your pet partake in any of the reindeer games this holiday season. In a word, Yes, I am. So, what do you give Fido when he begs for those green beans soaked in bacon grease? Well, if you want him to spend Christmas at home (and not in the hospital), I suggest a pat on the head and a "good boy." You both will appreciate that much more than you know.
All of us at Satilla Animal Hospital wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
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Waycross, GA 31501
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