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Thanksgiving favorites your pets should not eat

Thanksgiving favorites your pets should not eat

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As many families prepare to cook the best meal of the year for Thanksgiving, pet owners also need to make sure not to share certain holiday food with their pets.

According to Petplan's recent report, food-related illness in pets increases over the Thanksgiving weekend. The pet insurance company also said there is a 148% increase in pet treatment costs over this holiday weekend.

Dr. Hank Hall with Northside Animal Hospital says pets need to avoid eating turkey bones and other Thanksgiving favorites to avoid health problems.

“This is the time where animals can get very excited and skittish,” Dr. Hall explained. “People are having a lot of company over, and we want to be careful about their diets. Our guests can sometimes feed them food and desserts that could hurt them.”

Dr. Hall said many vet hospitals and offices are closed for the holidays or clinics may open only for limited hours. So Dr. Hall said it might cost pet owners more money to take their animal friends to their vet's office during this time.

Maintaining a steady diet for cats and dogs is important, and Dr. Hall said many pets suffer from lot of digestive problems like pancreatitis and gastroenteritis from eating various holiday foods.

“Never ever give them a turkey bone, turkey carcass or other meats and bones,” Dr. Hall explained. “Animals can swallow and choke on bird bones which could hurt their stomach or other intestines. Diabetic animals are at higher risk during the holiday season, so you need to advise your guests to not feed them any holiday food.”

Some foods pets need to avoid to stay out of the vet's office over the Thanksgiving weekend are:
  • turkey (and other meats)
  • turkey bones 
  • gravy
  • corn
  • onions
  • garlic 
  • raisins
  • mushrooms
  • chocolate
  • bread dough
  • alcohol
  • grapes
“You have to be careful with what your pets are exposed to,” Dr. Hall said. “Keep them out of the kitchen during meal time and food preparations so they won't have to dig through the trash bags and they won't have to eat any food that falls on the floor.”

Dr. Hall also says more animals go missing during the holiday season than any other time in the year, so he recommends people to microchip their pets. He also mentioned he sees an increase in the number of people adopting pets during the holiday season as well.

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