Hello all my favorite Humans! It’s me, Purr’ll again! I am sorry it has taken me so long to visit, but we have been getting ready for a very special Human holiday – Thanksgiving!

My mommy says that this is a time when Humans get together with Family and Friends to celebrate all the things that they are grateful for in their lives. Humans only get one life instead of nine, which I think is very sad, but you all seem to make the most of it and I am grateful to be in my mommy and daddy’s life! My mommy says she is very thankful for me too, which makes me feel very special.

With this many visitors and good food, it is no surprise that my team here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital wanted me to let you know a few things to watch out for.

No one wants to be sick on a Holiday or have to visit a Doctor while they are trying to have fun.

One of the main reasons we see pets over this Holiday is because someone wants to give them table scraps as a special treat. While we may gobble this down and beg for more, some of us are not used to foods this rich or fatty or sometimes even spicy and it can make us very sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Please also make sure that bones are properly disposed of as these can cause all kinds of problems in our system, especially delicate poultry bones, which splinter so easily.

Another reason we see pets is because some of us are very good at getting into things. Even the stuff you think is out of our reach!

Special snacks to keep supervised or to avoid at this time of the year include:
1) nuts (especially macadamia).
2) any sort of dough with yeast (which can expand in our tummy as well as having to deal with the breakdown of the dough which can cause alcohol poisoning).
3) grapes or raisins,
4) onions
5) garlic
6) chives
7) chocolate
8) coffee

The other big caution we see at this time of the year is Prescription Drugs. The holidays can be pretty hectic with everyone coming and going! Sometimes you Humans are on medication. We pets do understand. We have medication we have to take sometimes too! The problem is, some of your Human drugs interact with your systems fine, but are actually very dangerous, even fatal for us pets. If you think we have gotten into your medication, contact a veterinarian or poison control right away! The Poison Control website is found here http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com and they can be reached at 855-764-7661.

Remember to have lots of fun and give even more thanks on this special Human holiday! I will see you all again soon!

Luv Purr’ll