Dr. James Cook, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), says he has a very unhappy holiday tradition — treating pets that have become sick due to holiday excesses.
“From Thanksgiving through Christmas and into New Years, we’ll see it every year at my practice, and, unfortunately, some of them can’t be saved,” Dr. Cook explains. “People want to involve their pets in the holiday celebrations, but people need to focus on keeping their pets healthy. That’s the best gift.”
Here are the AVMA’s top ten holiday health tips:
– Keep table scraps out of your pet’s diet. “Salty, spicy and greasy” can be deadly for pets, Dr. Cook explains. Fatty foods can cause a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis in dogs, and bones can splinter in an animal’s stomach. And make sure your dog can’t get leftovers from the trash.
– Chocolate should be out of reach of dogs because it’s poisonous. The [...]
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