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Thanksgiving dinner: What not to give your pet on the holiday

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Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - All of the good stuff on Thanksgiving including turkey, dressing, and even fruit are all things your pet should not be eating off your table this Thanksgiving. Veterinarian Dr. Erin Peeler, says there are a lot of dangers when it comes to our pets around this time of year.

Meals that are high in fat can trigger a dog’s pancreas, causing them to get sick.

“You can see things like vomiting, diarrhea, and just acting very down-and-out of it. All of those would be something that would need to be addressed with your veterinarian,” Peeler shared. And, if you are mixing up your fruit salad, Peeler says you want to be mindful of grapes -- there is a toxin in them that most dogs react differently to that can have a deadly result. Peeler says, “That can send them into kidney failure if they are one of those sensitive animals, so definitely stay away from those grapes.”

She says there is normally a jump in the numbers of pets brought in for upset stomachs due to the holiday season.

But if you are wanting to make a meal for your pets, Peeler says canned pumpkin is a great option. “Most dogs and even some cats find it very very tasty and it’s a nice high fiber treat for them.” Peeler says the best way to prevent your pet from getting sick is by limiting table scraps.

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