Thanksgiving week is here! This means travel, family gatherings,
football, turkey, stuffing, and all the rest.
With all of this excitement it is easy to forget our pets in the
shuffle. There are a number of important
things to remember around this holiday to keep them happy and safe.
Rich Thanksgiving food is very difficult on
our pets’ stomachs and digestive system.
If you feel the need to let you pet indulge in a treat from the table,
please stick to a small amount of white meat turkey breast.
Raisins, grapes, onions, and garlic are all
popular additives to our turkey day sides.
These are all extremely toxic and should be kept away from our
pets. If your pet has eaten something
that you are unsure of and we cannot be reached the ASPCA’s website is an
excellent resource. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
If you are hosting a family gathering it is
often easy to forget your pet’s routine.
Try and keep walks, feedings, and playtime consistent as much as you can
to maintain their normal schedule.
If your guests are bringing pets of their
own your pet may be cautious. Slow
monitored introductions are important to avoid any confrontations.
With guests arriving and leaving at different
times, it is also easy for our pets to escape through doors or patio screens
left open. Please remind your guests to
be mindful of any escape artist pets.
There are so many wonderful
reasons to be thankful this year and having our pets with us to enjoy the
holidays is one of them. If you have any
questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us here at the Animal
Health Center. We will be closed on
Thanksgiving Day but will reopen Friday morning.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family
-The Doctors and Staff of the Animal Health Center
With Florida in the middle of hurricane season and hurricane Mathew currently spinning off the southern coast it is important to remember the impact these storms have on our pets.
Almost every Floridian has grown accustomed to the classic Florida
afternoon thunderstorm. It comes rolling in often without any notice
and is often intense but over before you know it. While most of us have
become used to this, our furry friends may not be. Thunder, lightning,
and barometric pressure changes can often startle our pets and cause
anxiety. Symptoms of this anxiety include pacing, vocalizing,
trembling, and the need for close contact. If the anxiety is extreme it
also can cause destructive behavior. It is important to recognize
these symptoms in our pets to be able to keep them safe and happy. Some
common ways to soothe the anxiety include turning on ambient noise such
as a TV or radio, creating a safe environment with bedding and toys as
well as leaving a light on to prevent flashes of lightning from being
alarming. If these environmental changes do not work there are other
natural approaches and products that you can use at home.
are also natural pheromone products that come in both collars as well as
wall plug in units that emit a constant scent of pheromones to calm our
patients. There are also a variety of calming tightly fitting jackets
to simulate constant contact. Despite best efforts sometimes the Florida
thunderstorms are too much for our pets and they need medical
intervention which is best discussed with your family veterinarian.
Your Veterinarian can discuss other natural options as well as
prescription medication to alleviate any anxiety and stress your pet may
Florida is a beautiful state and its thunderstorms
are part of its natural beauty. Hopefully these tips can make these
afternoon events a little less stressful for our furry friends.
Dr. Morgan Watkins
Animal Health Center
(This article originally appeared in Pet Pages 2016 edition.)