Turner Veterinary Clinic has been serving the Greater Battle Creek Area for over 75 years. We pride ourselves in the fact that there have only been four different owners during that time span. Dr. Benjamin Huelsbergen bought the practice in 1998 and has continued a long tradition of compassionate and personalized care for each of his patients and their families.
The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving is a part of the tradition for many families. But in the commotion, it's important to keep safety in mind for our four-legged family members. Our Turner Veterinary Clinic veterinary staff offers these Thanksgiving safety tips to help you all have a safe and special holiday!
Even if your house will be full of guests or your entire family is traveling, double check that all pets are wearing a collar and identification tags with current contact information. The same goes for microchipped pets. Make sure all pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite prevention before traveling also.
If your pet is staying behind for the holiday, use a reputable pet sitter or boarding facility. Pets should never be left at home alone, even with food and water, for any extended length of time.
Stay in the same exercise and meal routine with your pets during the holiday. Going on your daily walk with your pet will also help you counteract that large Thanksgiving feast!
With guests in the house, pets may have sensory overload and need a little distraction from the distraction. Keep pet-safe toys and treats on hand and reward your pet for good behavior. Our online store is a great source of pet-friendly treats and toys, and you may even find a special gift for your four-legged friend!
Remind guests and hosts alike that your pet should not eat table scraps. Not only are a lot of human foods high in sodium and sugar that can cause gastrointestinal issues in pets, many of our common Thanksgiving foods are highly toxic to pets, especially those containing onion, garlic, grapes or raisins and chocolate.
If your pet seems to be eyeing the counter for any accidentally dropped food while you are cooking, have a reliable guest or family member keep her occupied in a different room.
Before everyone settles into their post-meal naps, take all trash outside away from pets. Bones, scraps and packaging from food may seem like a tempting chew toy, but they can cause serious harm to your pets, especially if ingested.
If you have any questions about having a safe Thanksgiving holiday with everyone in your family, contact us at 269-962-9955. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Pet owners believe that their lives are enriched by owning a pet, but did you know even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that having a pet is good for you? Pet ownership and companionship can prevent you from feeling lonely, give you more opportunities for socialization, and give you a sense of love and pride from taking such good care of your pet. In fact, just petting your dog or cat can immediately lower your stress level!
Pets have been proven to lower anxiety and depression, especially for people who are prone to these mental health conditions or who have suffered through a traumatic event. One reason for this is that the presence of a pet changes a person’s focus from his or her inward thoughts to taking care of a dependent animal.
Now that summer is finally here, you and your pet can spend more time outdoors enjoying all that the season has to offer. Like the other three seasons, summer presents unique safety challenges for our companion animals. The good news is that you can enjoy a wonderful summer with your pet by taking a few simple precautions recommended by our Turner Veterinary Clinic veterinarians.