Quantcast

855-270-PETS (7387)

Monday–Friday, 8am–9pm EST

One Quartermaster Court
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Fax 877-281-3348

Send an EmailFacebookTwitterPinterest
X
X
Contact Us

PetFirst Warns of Thanksgiving Dangers for your Pets

Friday, November 22, 2013

 

PETFIRST WARNS OF THANKSGIVING DANGERS FOR YOUR PETS

SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PET HEALTHY DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (November 20, 2013)– Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family – and furry family members are no exception.  While it is customary for families to integrate their pets into holiday celebrations, dog and cat owners should be aware of pet health risks during this season – especially during mealtime. 

Here are a few tips to ensure pets stay healthy Thanksgiving weekend:

Preparing the meal

  • Be extremely cautious of how you discard items used to cook or clean the turkey.  Skewers, string, pop-up timers and roasting bags can easily be fished out of a trashcan or garbage bag. Swallowing such things can cause an intestinal blockage or perforation.
  • Don’t feed people food to your pets.  This includes scraps, bones of any kind and the skin or fat from the turkey.  Any dietary changes in your pet’s food routine can lead to gastric distress or pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that causes vomiting and dehydration.  Any of this could lead to hospitalization for your pet.
  • Watch for foods such as onions, grapes or raisins, and garlic, that may fall on the floor or be within your pet’s reach on the counter.  These foods can affect your pet’s stomach, but can also lead to other conditions including renal (kidney) issues.   Other foods to be aware of include apple seeds, yeast dough, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, nuts and gum.

“Most of the pet insurance claims we see after the Thanksgiving holiday are the result of pets eating people food, bones, or cooking materials they pulled from an unattended garbage can,” said Traci Endicott, Veterinary Technician and Claims Coordinator with PetFirst.  “Most pets will suffer vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to serious conditions such as pancreatitis or intestinal blockage.  All of these situations could require hospitalization or emergency surgery.”

What to do instead

  • The best way to avoid gastric problems is to continue your pet’s meals around the same schedule they are accustomed to, including treats.  Always keep in mind your pet’s routine.
  • Give dogs or cats a new and safe toy to keep them occupied during the meal.
  • Educate guests not to share food with your pets.  Well-meaning family and friends may slip a scrap or sweet treat from the table to your pet unless you request them not to.
  • Try to keep stress, including the excitement of guests coming and going, to a minimum.  Stress can also create gastric issues for dogs and cats, resulting in unexpected messes.

“Always have your veterinarian’s phone number close by just in case your pet becomes ill,” said Endicott.  “It is also a good idea to have the number to your local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital for treatment recommendations too.”

 

  

 Thanksgiving Tips Infographic 

 

About PetFirst 

PetFirst is the fastest growing pet insurer in North America offering easy-to-understand lifelong coverage for dogs and cats. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits.  PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies, retailers, employers as well as other partners.  PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+.  Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s.  For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit www.petfirst.com or call 855-270-7387.

Get a Quote Now

You're just 2 steps from getting a quote!

Choose a pet
Cat
Dog

You can add pets to your
plan later.

Next >
pet
Cat
Dog
Add pet >
pet
Cat
Dog
Add pet >
pet
Cat
Dog
X
How It Works

Pet insurance reimburses pet owners for veterinary costs, and works very differently than human healthcare. Choose the coverage, deductible & premium to fit your budget & needs. Pay a predictable premium; when your pet gets sick or hurt, visit the same vet you always use.

You pay the vet, send us the bill & we reimburse you according to your personalized plan, with the fastest payment times in the industry. No worrying about whether it will fit in your budget. No arguing with your vet about following an insurance company’s benefits schedule. PetFirst lets you put your pet’s health first.

X
Coverage Guide
Coverage Guide

You're just 2 steps from getting a quote!

Choose a pet
Cat
Dog

You can add pets to your
plan later.

Next >
pet
Cat
Dog
Add pet >
pet
Cat
Dog
Add pet >
pet
Cat
Dog
X