Pet Holiday Tip: Table Scraps

December 19, 2016 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

It’s hard to ignore those sad puppy-dog eyes or soft cat purrs when you’re eating your holiday meals.  However, keep your pet happy and healthy by resisting the temptation to give them table scraps. Instead, treat your pet to species-specific treats or food.

In addition to the typical gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), rich and fatty foods often found on the table during the holiday season can cause a potentially life-threatening and painful disease called pancreatitis.  The most common symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs include vomiting, stomach pain, restlessness, shaking, diarrhea, fever, and weakness. In cats, the symptoms are less clear and harder to notice, such as decreased appetite and weight loss.


You’ve done a great job of keeping your dog or cat away from the table during the meal, but don’t let down your guard. Your pet may take the opportunity to help himself to the turkey, chicken, and steak bones in the trash can. Eating bones can be dangerous. Bones can get stuck in the esophagus, leading to gagging, or they can get stuck in the trachea, leading to life-threatening choking. Pieces of bone can also get stuck in the stomach and intestines, creating blockages that must be removed.


Hold your ground at dinnertime, and resist the urge to feed your pet table scraps. Don’t forget, once dinner is done, dispose of the leftovers and bones somewhere he or she can’t get to them. If your pet exhibits any of the symptoms mentioned above, give us a call. We are here for you and your four-legged family members.

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