Surface Creek Veterinary Center November 2019

November 2019 www.surfacecreekvet 970-856-4474

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Looking Out for Our Pets Through the Holidays As for you? Well, we’re pet doctors, not people doctors. But if the tempting smell of turkey is any indication, we could probably all benefit from a couple walks or an extra round of fetch to balance out that extra helping of mashed potatoes. TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? a turkey carcass. As a result, the pet d veloped pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can lead to diabetes in just a few months. Left untreated, it’s one of the most common causes of diabetes in cats.

At our house, we’ll spend Thanksgiving in our traditional, lowkey way, with turkey and all the delicious foods we’ve been looking forward to. We’re thankful for you, for this beautiful place we call home, and for all the pets we get to love on every day. We love what we do, and we’re grateful to you all for being part of our community! As always, we’ll be available through the holiday season should anything come up with your pets.

When the family is around, they may be tempted to give Max just a nibble of their gravy smothered turkey. One droopy-eyed look from those big brown eyes and they can’t help themselves. Aunt Sally gives Max a bit of sweet potato casserole, then he gets a nibble of pumpkin pie from Grandpa Joe, and before you know it, it’s enough human food to send Max to our clinic for emergency vet care. What can you do about it? We know it’s tough when relatives are taking over your house; it’s hard enough to keep track of your own kids, much less your pets. Remind your visiting family not to give Max human food because it will make him sick. Put a note up in the kitchen or put a sign that says “Don’t feed me!” around Max’s neck — whatever you need to do to keep him from getting sick. If you do want to treat your dog to something special this Thanksgiving, check out our pet-friendly recipe on Page 3.

T oo much of a good thing is a bad thing, as they say. While one could argue that you can never have too much pizza or too many animal cuddles, in the case of giving pets rich food, the saying is absolutely true. As the holiday season approaches, so do gravy, pie, and many foods that are tasty to us but terrible (and even deadly) for our pets. Much like how too much sugar is bad for humans, these foods can cause our pets to get sick and even develop diseases. Foods that might be fine for us trigger severe reactions in animals who haven’t evolved to eat them. It can be the equivalent of giving peanut butter to a child who is very allergic.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and until next month,

Dr. Susie and Dr. Jeff

Last year, we treated a pet who’d gotten into the garbage and enjoyed way too much of


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