Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time here in Colorado, and we want to make sure that you and your pet have a happy and healthy holiday! In an emergency situation, Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital is here to help! We’re equipped to treat emergencies that occur during our daily hospital hours; If possible, please call 303-674-3156 in advance so we can prepare for your arrival. Dr. DiMeo’s background includes working at an Emergency Referral Center where he gained extensive experience with urgent cases. Should your emergency happen outside our regular hours, click here for some 24-hour hospitals closest to us.

Let’s talk about food. Thanksgiving food looks, smells, and tastes amazing, right? Your pet feels the same way! One thing, though – your pet can get quite sick from ingesting certain foods during Thanksgiving. Please be sure to resist the begging and big, beautiful furbaby eyes!

  • 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 have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please refer to our “Emergencies” page for any urgent matters during the holiday! Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

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