November Pet Care Tips


Turkey Treat

If you decide to feed your pet a little turkey, make sure it is boneless and well-cooked.  Don’t give raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.


Take Caution with Herbs

Sage can make stuffing yummy, but it as well as many other herbs contain essential oils.  Those oils can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities.  Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.


No Bread Dough

Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough.  According to APSCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach.  As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.


Make Special Treats

There are so many things that pets should not have at this festive time, make treats that they CAN have.  Canned pumpkin, peanut butter and more.  These could also be made for Christmas Presents for your Pet Loving friends !!  See below for recipe links !

Kitty Yum Yums and Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Allrecipes Gourmet Pet Treats

Simply Pets Cat Treats

Homemade Cat & Dog Treats


Too Much of a Good Thing

Giving your Pets a few bites of boneless cooked turkey, a small dollop of mashed potatoes or even a sliver of pumpkin shouldn’t pose a problem.  However, please don’t overindulge your pets.  This could end with a case of a stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse – an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In Fact, it’s best to keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.


Kong Filled Feast

While the family is feasting, give your cat or dog their own little feast.  Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones.  Or stuff their usual dinner-perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and sprinkles of gravy- all inside a cat/dog Kong toy.  They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.


No Bones

Make no bones about it!! Certain bones, especially cooked turkey bones, can lacerate or obstruct your pet’s insides.  Save the bones for the broth.


Stay Away from some foods

Onions – Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

Grapes and Raisins – Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to coth dogs and cats.

Chocolate – Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat, so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.


Food Wrap

Aluminum Foil, Wax paper and other food wrappings that have covered yummy food, can cause intestinal obstruction.  Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.


Make Quiet Time

Make sure you pet has a quiet place to go, should the holiday festivities be too much for them.  Watch behavior to make sure they are not stressed.


Add the Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is just fine for pets, just watch the amount of sugar in it.  Again, don’t overindulge, best to provide a small helping to your pet’s Thanksgiving plate.


Always No To Alcohol

Alcohol is definitely a big NO for pets.  What we people may consider a small amount can be toxic for a smaller animal.  Also, keep in mind that alcohol poisoning can occur in pets from atypical items like fruitcake (the recipe may have called for rum or other liquor), as well as unbaked bread.


Make Reservations Early

Make your reservation Now for your December and New Years pet care reservation.  Book all pet care reservations as early as you possibly can to ensure you will be all set.  This is the busiest time of the year for most businesses including pet care businesses.



If you will be adding a new furry member to your family, consider doing it at least 2 or more weeks before the busy Thanksgiving Holidays.  It is hard on new pets in a new home with losts of hustle and bustle.

If you adopt a puppy or dog this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work and you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.

If you adopt a kitten or cat this month – CONGRATULATIONS !!  Register online ASAP to set up Feline Fun Time, we can take care of the litter box and give then one on one attention while you are at work, plus you will be ready when you may need a pet care visit anytime in the future.


Have a Wonderful, Happy and Safe


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