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Vets warn of Thanksgiving treats that could kill your pet

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With Thanksgiving on Thursday, veterinarians are warning pet owners about foods that could be harmful to their furry friends. With Thanksgiving on Thursday, veterinarians are warning pet owners about foods that could be harmful to their furry friends.
Dr. Eliza Ruffner Dr. Eliza Ruffner

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – With Thanksgiving on Thursday, veterinarians are warning pet owners about foods that could be harmful to their furry friends.

There's a temptation to feed your pets from your plates during this holiday, but Dr. Eliza Ruffner, with the Pine Valley Animal Hospital, says some of those foods can be deadly or cost you hundreds of dollars in vet bills and unnecessary pain for your pet.

"Pretty much anything that's on your table tomorrow you should probably stay away from with your dog at least," Dr. Ruffner said. "The biggest thing we would probably worry about other than an intestinal obstruction would be pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas…an organ that digests food and fat."

Many of the foods enjoyed on Thanksgiving are high in fat, and they could affect your dog's pancreas, especially pork and beef.

However, there are a list of foods you should definitely avoid feeding your pet.

-onions

-tomatoes

-chicken or turkey bones

-raisins and grapes

Those last two are the most important to stay away from. Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in your pet, and as Dr. Ruffner explained, there's not much vets can do to save them at that point.

However, if you must feed our pet from your plate, Dr. Ruffner did offer some suggestions for suitable snacks. She says plain carrots and green beans work well with your pet's digestive system.

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