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B.C. SPCA has tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving

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October 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with our loved ones, and that includes our furry, four-legged friends.

But the B.C. SPCA wants people to remember the holiday can also potentially pose some danger to pets.

Check out these tips from the B.C. SPCA to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving dinner

Although your dinner may be delicious, some staple Thanksgiving dishes aren't safe for our furry friends.

Avoid feeding your dog turkey skin, as it is very fatty and difficult for them to digest, which can cause pancreatitis.

It probably goes without saying, but keep your pets away from alcohol, as it can cause poor breathing, abnormal acidity and potentially even a coma or death.

Cooked bones cause a risk to animals because they are likely to break and splinter, which can cause damage to the animal when chewed on or swallowed.

Corn on the cob is also a no-go, as it can get lodged in a pet's intestine and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog.

Garlic and onions are both toxic to dogs, as is chocolate and the artificial sweetener Xylitol.

Dough made with yeast can cause painful stomach pains for your pet, and potentially dangerous bloating.

Thanksgiving decor

Make sure your fall decor isn't toxic to your pet. Some popular plants that are poisonous for pets include:

  • Autumn crocus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Amaryllis
  • Sweet William
  • Lilies

Additionally, the SPCA suggests avoiding decorations with ribbons or other small parts like acorns, pine cones and needles, that could be easily swallowed. They can cause serious obstructions and pose a choking hazard. 

By keeping the above tips in mind, both you and your pet can enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.


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