Bones given to dogs as a treat can result in injury.
If you think your fur baby did get into some bones while you were running around to get food on the table, keep an eye on them and look for symptoms. You may have to pack up and go to an emergency vet if your fur baby has a hard time breathing or is heaving or vomiting. You definitely don’t want them to throw it up because it could cause more damage.
So, if you want to spoil your fur baby, buy a special dog treat or small nibble of plain turkey. Make sure there are no bones on the counter where the animals can get them, and place garbage where they can’t reach it.
A few extra precautions can prevent any emergencies with your fur babies, allow you to relax and enjoy your family, protect your wallet (because emergency vet visits can be expensive) and help you rest after you overindulge in all that food.
If you want to spoil a shelter pet, here are some ideas:
Rawhides: The kenneled dogs love rawhides. They are a great treat that can help keep them from boredom.
Dog biscuits: We have a treat bucket system where customers can reward dogs for good behavior. We always need cookies for the treat buckets.
Cheese slices: Cheese is great for hiding medicine and dogs love the taste, so a scared dog may even begin to feel more comfortable when given such a treat.
Catnip or Temptation treats: Cats like Thanksgiving too.
But the greatest gift that you can give is your time. Call the shelter at 386-445-1814 ,ext. 507, to speak with our volunteer coordinator, Lynn.
From my fur babies and I, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Animal count: 222 cats, 83 dogs, and 5 small domestics and reptiles.
Christen Brautigan is a vet tech who volunteers at the Flagler County Humane Society and oversees the local society’s summer camps. She lives in St. Augustine with her husband, sons and pets of all shapes and sizes.