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"Don't Give A Dog A Bone" And Other Thanksgiving Pointers For Pups

The Veterinary Hospital

As folks prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, veterinarians remind us the holiday dinner table may contain hazards for our canine companions.

As grateful as you may be to have your dog as company, vets warn against feeding them fatty table scraps. This can cause gastrointestinal upset. And mind those poultry and ham bones! 

Dr. Sarah Yamada works at The Veterinary Hospital in Eugene.

“I’ve seen several dogs come into the emergency room, who’ve ingested a bone and it makes it all the way through the intestine and then gets stuck in the rectum," she said. "It’s an easy fix. You sedate them and remove it but it could be a bill people aren’t anticipating.”

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Dr. Sarah Yamada with her two cats Max and Franklin.

Yamada said onions, chocolate, grapes and raisins can all be toxic to dogs. She reminds most clinics are closed on Thanksgiving so a pet emergency will require a trip to the 24-hour veterinary hospital--where wait times are sure to be long.

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Dr. Yamada consults with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Berman for an emergency surgery. Foreign body obstructions often require surgical intervention and can be caused by holiday items like turkey & ham bones.

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The Veterinary Hospital is located at 175 Silver Ln, Eugene, OR 97404. They will be closed on Thanksgiving but the Emergency Veterinary Hospital at 103 Q Street in Springfield is open 24-hours.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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