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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and holiday feasts. And while family pets love to partake in the festivities, they can also end up not so thankful to their pet parents when they end up in the emergency vet.

Fatty foods, including butter, bacon, meat drippings and scraps and gravies will all smell mouthwatering to a pet. But these food items can be a serious threat and can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can result in clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. Turkey, the main course on Thanksgiving, needs to be boneless, skinless and well-cooked if given to a pet. Not only can pets choke on the bones, but if they do manage to get it down it can still cause problems for their digestive tracts. Also, undercooked turkey can contain salmonella. Raw yeast dough can possess another problem for pet’s stomachs because when a pet ingests it, the yeast will still continue to convert to sugars to carbon dioxide to alcohol. Pets can then get bloated, which can turn into a life-threatening emergency. Once the main feast has ended, then comes the yummy desserts. Make sure to keep pets noses out of batters, especially if it includes raw eggs. Like turkey, raw eggs could contain salmonella that may lead to food poisoning.

Other foods that can cause issues with a pet’s health are raisins, currents and grapes. Eating these can cause acute renal failure with even the smallest of doses. Nuts are also high in fat and can result in a pet getting diagnosed with pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts, if ingested, are more toxic than other nuts and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and the inability to walk. Worrying about pets getting any scraps at the kiddie (and adult) table doesn’t end once the meal does. As always, keep chocolate away. To make sure that a pet doesn’t sniff out a turkey carcass sitting on the kitchen counter, keep it far back out of their reach as well as extra food. All wrappings from the meal including strings and bags should be tightly secured in a trash bag with a lid, as well as other left overs like corn cobs.

While the list of the food that can’t be fed to a pet is long, that doesn’t mean that pet parents can’t completely ignore innocent faces begging for food under tables this holiday. As long as a small amount of turkey is cooked and skinless, they will surely enjoy it. Steamed, plain green beans, plain carrots, plain mashed sweet potato and pumpkin will all make a nice little plate for pets who want to be involved in Thanksgiving dinner.

Still, if pet parents have any questions or concerns about a pet, they can always call the Pet Poison hotline at 855-764-7661. A $49 per incident fee is applied. So this Thanksgiving, show furry family members how grateful you are that they are a part of the family, and for all the love and devotion that they continue to give every day.