For pets, Thanksgiving Dinner could pose serious health risks

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If you want to avoid a trip to the emergency vet on Thanksgiving, you'll want to keep an eye out for a few doggy health hazards.

Experts say some Thanksgiving temptations for your dogs can cause problems ranging from digestive issues to canine pancreatitis.

First, there are the leftovers, which are pretty tempting for both owners and their dogs. Pets often sneak in and climb on the counter or table, and gobble down huge quantities of food. Try to keep an eye on your pets until clean-up is finished.

In addition to the quantity of food dogs may want, experts say there are a few items that are harmful to your four-legged friends. They say dogs should not be allowed to eat:

  • Turkey skin
  • Poultry bones
  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Fatty foods

Fido should not be allowed to snag a quick snack from family or friends offering a nibble under the Thanksgiving table, veterinarians say. Advise your guests that isn't good for your dog.

Milk-Bone recommends you make it a point to give your pooch plenty of exercise before your guests arrive. That should help when the house fills up with friends, food and activity.

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