Thanksgiving Pet Safety


Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Food and Decorations

Thanksgiving is a special holiday, with decorations and an overabundance of food. Thanksgiving pet safety is of the upmost importance. While pets should be considered a part of the family, they should not eat the same as the 2-legged family members.

Human food can be very difficult for pets to digest. If it is fatty, their bodies cannot properly process it and that can lead to a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis.  Even a small piece of turkey can have too much fat on it. Do not give him the turkey bones. They are soft and can break apart or splinter, causing an obstruction. Desserts often contain chocolate and/or xylitol, both of which are toxic. For a complete list of harmful foods visit the ASPCA/food safety .

When you are cleaning up after the feast, make sure the trash is out of the way. The smells in their will be too much for your furry family member to resist. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately.

Be very careful with decorative plants. A lot of holiday plants and flowers can be toxic to pets. This includes (but is not limited to) amaryllis, hydrangeas, baby’s breath and poinsettias. For a complete list visit the ASPCA/toxic plants .

Cats are very curious and will check out that candle with the open flame you have so beautifully displayed. Never leave a pet alone in a room with one. Pine cones, garland, and other small decorations can make for a fun toy (so they think) but can also cause a not so fun obstruction if it is ingested.



Traveling With a Pet

If you are taking your pet across state lines, make sure you have had a veterinarian first check him out completely and issue you a travel certificate. If you are flying, be sure to check with your airline to find out what their specific requirements are. If you are traveling internationally you must also find out the requirements in the country you are entering. Some are very strict and require treatments or vaccine way in advance, so make sure you start early. For more information on domestic travel you can visit USDA/pet travel.


All pets should be restrained while in the car. This means using a harness or carrier. Make sure to place them in the back, away from airbags. Not only is restraint safer for them, it also protects the driver from being distracted by a pet roaming freely in the car.


As always, for additional information you can visit email us at staff@gentletouchanimalhospital or call us at 303.691.3720



Tips For Traveling With Your Pet


Tips For Traveling With Your Pet

Tips For Traveling With Your Pet

Are you traveling with your pet this holiday season?

If so, there are important steps you should take to make sure that it is a smooth ride.


  • The safest place on an airplane is in the cabin. If this is not possible and Fido must go in cargo, make sure you are prepared.

–          Check with the airline well before your trip to find out if a health certificate is required. You will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian if it is. You can refer to the FDA for more information on travel requirements.

–          If you are worried that he might not be a great traveler your veterinarian can prescribe some medications to help. Test them out prior to the trip so you are present to watch for any potential reactions.

–          Practice making sure she is comfortable going in to the carrier with lots of treat rewards.

–          Make sure you find out what the temperature will be in cargo and DO NOT put your pet in there if it will be too hot or cold.


  • For car rides, make sure he is confined. A loose pet in the car can be a hazard to both of you.
  • Limit the amount of food and water she receives. A full tummy can be an upset tummy. It is best to feed her a meal 2-3 hours prior to the trip.
  • Frequent potty and exercise stops are a must. You should also offer him water at these stops. Pack a nylon, collapsible bowl with you to use. We like to purchase products from the retail area at our local shelters such as the DDFL here in Denver, CO.
  • Carry all medical history with you at all times.
  • It is critical that your pet is micro chipped in case of the worst case scenario happening. Make sure all of your information is current with the site you are registered with.

Of course this list is not all inclusive so do your research and be smart. As always, if you have any questions, you can always contact us at or 303.691.3720.