Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to spend with friends and family alike, and the best part is that it often includes our four-legged companions! We also know that events like this can bring certain dangers into your pet’s life, and it’s important to keep an extra eye on your pets! From dangerous foods to wide-open doors, it’s important to have a plan of action ready in case something happens.

Our Emergency and Critical Care team is lead by a Board Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialist. Emergency Services are open and fully staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Please do not hesitate to call us (206-204-3366) or come in if your pet is ill or injured. No appointment is necessary for your pet to be seen in our Emergency Service. Calling ahead to the hospital, when possible, to let us know you are on your way is appreciated. Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis in our Emergency Room. However, patients in life-threatening situations will always take precedence when deemed medically necessary. Please see the Emergency and Critical Care tab on the homepage for more information about our Emergency and Critical Care Service.

Some conditions that may require a visit to the ER include:

  • Traumatic event such as hit by car
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Exposure to a toxin or medication that was not prescribed (ASPCA toxic plant list)
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Bloated or distended abdomen
  • Persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Suddenly unable to use a limb or unsteady on feet
  • Difficulty giving birth

It’s important to keep certain foods away from your pet that can cause health issues.

  • Unless your turkey is boneless, skinless, and cooked in nothing but water, avoid feeding it to your pets from the table. Turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis in pets, which can be life-threatening.
  • Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable for humans and pets alike. But, when mashed with butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic, or gravy, they’re not a safe option for your pet (and you should probably enjoy in moderation, too). Similarly, most veggies that are healthy on their own (think green beans, carrots, and more) can be enjoyed without all the extra ingredients often found in their holiday casseroles.
  • Stay away from grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Say “no” to artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to pets.
  • Chocolate and other desserts are for you and your human buddies only. But, you knew that already, didn’t you?
  • Your pet should never consume alcohol. And, be aware of unexpected dishes that might contain it, like fruitcake.

If you need anything, we’re just a phone call or short drive away. We wish you the safest, and happiest of holidays!

Have questions?

We’re here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us today!