by Rebecca Rose, President of In Clover
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, period. Every year we have a houseful of friends, dogs and cats. What could be better? My animal family, Floyd, Jasmine and Chai, however, do not see it quite the same way I do. They are used to having their house, yard and family all to themselves in a pretty nice routine. Thanksgiving is stressful.
One of the most common, and easily avoided, vet visits over the holidays is due to digestive upset. There are treats and temptations at every turn. One year we carved the Thanksgiving turkey outside and left it on the table while we found a platter, you guessed it, a visiting dog grabbed a large piece of the turkey and the chase began. We were able to coax most of the turkey prize from the pup and everyone had a great memory but it could have had a much different ending. The extra food and stress can leave pets with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. To help minimize stress and upsets, follow these simple tips from ASPCA and In Clover.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at In Clover.
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