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Local Veterinarian Offers Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner a lot of people are thinking about the traditional meal, including turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

You might be tempted to feed your pets some things from the table so they can celebrate, too, but a local veterinarian said some of those foods can be dangerous.

"The biggest risks at Thanksgiving are usually the high fat foods because dogs don't process heavy, greasy things very well so we tend to see pancreatitis. We see a lot of that the day after Thanksgiving," explained Dr. Jen Canfield, a veterinarian with All Pets Animal Clinic in Nutter Fort.

Canfield said one of those high fat foods that can harm your pet is something very common at Thanksgiving.

"Fifty percent of the time pancreatitis can be fatal, they do die. It's really important to stay away from the greasy things, greasy foods, and turkey skin is one of those things," said Canfield.

Canfield said that other holiday treats can give your pet an upset stomach, especially if they aren't used to it.

She said that another danger associated with Thanksgiving might be something you don't think of.

"One thing we see especially with cats if you're tying your turkey with string or twine, we've had to take that out of cats because its soaked with turkey grease and they'll eat it. It goes in the intestinal tract and it pulls it like a drawstring," said Canfield.

Canfield said there is one thing your pets can eat that is more dangerous than anything else.

"You really want to watch the sweetener xylitol. It is one that even in a chewed piece of gum that is thrown in the trash will kill a dog. It is more toxic than antifreeze. You want to stay away from xylitol at all costs with your pets," Canfield explained.

If you still want to treat your pet to a Thanksgiving Feast stores like Pet Supplies Plus in Clarksburg has brands of dog food that feature flavors like "Thanksgiving Day Dinner" and "Christmas Day Dinner."

Petmd.com offers more tips on what to avoid feeding your pets on Thanksgiving.

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