What not to feed pets this Thanksgiving

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – While enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, it may be tough not to share your scraps with your four-legged friends. However, many traditional foods, like turkey, can be dangerous for pets.

Veterinary Technician Jan Pate said the best bet is to give them their normal food while you eat.

She said no one should give their pets turkey bones, which can be dangerous for animals.

“They have to have surgery to have them removed,” Pate said. “The bones can splinter as they are trying to pass, and you really don’t want that.”

If you feed them table scraps, the food could get stuck in their stomach causing major problems.

“It requires hospitalization, it requires antibiotics, fluid, and it is just extra money you don’t want to spend,” Pate said. “It is just easier not to give your dog what you are eating.”

Anything with pork or with seasoning should not be fed to your dog or cat.

Pate said if your dog starts acting differently and is throwing up, make sure you take them to an emergency vet immediately.

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