Veterinarians warn you not to feed pets scraps from Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 10:55 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) -Do you ever feed your dogs or cats your leftovers from your holiday meals?

Well, you have probably been warned before, and here is another warning from a local vet, do not do it.

Four Paws and Hooves Veterinary Clinic veterinarian, Tricia Crist, said Tuesday certain foods can not only upset your pet’s stomach, but they can also be downright dangerous.

“Anything with chocolate, obviously that’s not good for them. Onions are not good for them. Bones, so stay away from the turkey bones. Anything high -fat can cause some issues with pancreatitis,” Crist said.

Crist said it is best to contact your veterinarian before inducing vomiting in your animal.

That trip you will have to take to the vet will cost you, especially if you have to take it on a holiday for an on-call vet visit.

Crist adds that, in Quincy, there are only two on-call vets available on Thanksgiving.

The American Kennel Club lists the following Thanksgiving items as unsafe or unhealthy for dogs:

  • Turkey bones, skin, and gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Creamed peas
  • Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets (especially anything containing xylitol)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Ham
  • Yeast dough
  • Fatty foods
  • Foods containing spices

For a list of Thanksgiving foods your dog can eat, visit the American Kennel Club’s website here.

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