Thanksgiving safety tips for pet owners

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We all want to stuff our faces with a Thanksgiving meal this Thursday and maybe treat our pets too. But, you might not know that there's lots of dangerous foods that you want to steer your pets away from.

Doctor Jaime Gifford works at the Wausau Animal Hospital and sees lots of dangers around Thanksgiving, especially when it comes to food.

"High fat can be really rough on our dogs." Dr. Gifford continues, "they can get some vomiting or diarrhea. They can get an inflammation of the pancreas, which can be a very serious thing that can happen."

While you may want to give your dog or cat the left over fatty pieces, or the turkey skin, instead, it's safer to give pieces of cooked turkey, that you would eat. Definitely don't give them the bones.

"You kind of want to give them that turkey carcass with a little bit of meat on it," Dr. Gifford said, "but we really recommend against that. The the bones, bird bones, break very easily and they can get stuck in the intestinal tract and cause major problems."

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, listed some tips on their websites for the food-filled holiday:
1-Do not give your pet under cooked or raw turkey because it could contain salmonella.
2-Keep your pet away from raw bread dough. The yeast contains carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, which is life threatening if your pet consumes it.
3-Keep your pets away from the dessert prepping area because raw eggs could cause salmonella. You'll also want to make sure they don't have chocolate.
4- Give your furry friends a feast of their own while you enjoy yours. Make sure there's pet-safe chew bones, and also the regular, and pet safe, dinner items like green beans, and turkey.

This time of year, people decorate their homes for the holidays. There's also room for concern if you put up a Christmas tree. None of us want the horrifying image of the cat from the classic Christmas movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. If you don't know what I'm talking about, watch this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHIsv0ddJUA

Dr. Gifford says that lights and ornaments can be dangerous.

"The lights; the biggest thing you have to worry about, they can chew on the cords and if they chew on the cord they can actually get shocked. Sometimes it's minimal as maybe it just scares them. But, I've seen actual burns in their mouths from the shock itself.

Dr Gifford says if you don't know if they'll chew it, she suggests buying a spray, made for pets, that tastes bad. Spray it on the lights, ornaments and tree to keep them away.

She also suggests placing glass and shinny ornaments on the top of your tree, where your dogs and cats cant reach them, and put stuffed ornaments on the bottom.