‘Tis the Season to Remember Holiday Pet Safety

Holiday pet safety can help prevent a holiday pet emergency

Few things can ruin a holiday meal or celebration faster than a pet emergency, and easy access to the many foods, decorations, and other potentially dangerous seasonal items can put your pet at risk this time of year. That’s why the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has put together some helpful tips for holiday pet safety.

Too Many Temptations

Big meals and gatherings centered on food are a given during the holidays. This also means food-related pet emergencies are common this time of year. While it can be easy to slack off when it comes to supervising your pet around people food, it’s important to make sure all food is kept out of reach and stored securely. Also double check that garbage bins are covered to prevent any post-meal snacking.

Resist the temptation to feed your pet table scraps, and ask your guests to do the same. Even small amounts of fatty or greasy food can lead to a dangerous and painful condition called pancreatitis.

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pets and People Food

Pets and people food can be a threat to pet nutrition

There’s no question that a high-quality, nutritionally balanced, life-stage appropriate pet food is the ideal diet for any pet. Although our companions don’t need quite the same range of foods and nutrients that we do, adding some variety to their diet can be fun and easy (and healthy!).

While pets and people food are generally a recipe for disaster, there are some foods that are just fine for animals to eat. The trick is knowing which ones are safe and which ones to avoid. Let the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital offer some guidance!

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Pets and People Food

iStock_000033932346_MediumIt can be tempting to share your favorite foods with your four-legged friend every now and then. After all, those great big eyes and enthusiastic tail can be hard to resist… And let’s face it, even if you’re devout about not sharing the people food with your pet, it’s more or less inevitable that someone will slip your pet a little something-something when you’re not looking; or that you may want to try your hand at making your own pet treats.

Whatever your interest might be when it comes to pets and people food, it’s important to remember that while some people foods are fine (and others even healthy) for your pets, others can make your pet very sick, or even be fatal.

Because of this, it is important to what you can and cannot feed your furry family members. Continue…