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Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips

  Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips by Julie Gajewski   Fido & Fluffy are part of the family, always underfoot and table while the family gathers for the yearly Thanksgiving feast. You wouldn’t want it any other way! But keeping Fido & Fluffy safe and healthy during the celebration is just as important as achieving that perfectly cooked bird!   1) Leave the food to the two-legged kind!  Numero uno on our list of Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips is leaving the people food to the people. Humans have a hard time digesting the yummy offerings that Thanksgiving brings. The high fat content in most Thanksgiving feasts can prove to be deadly to your canine companion, by increasing the risk of pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas. When working normally, the Pancreas produces enzymes that help digest food after it reaches the small intestine. But when a diet or food that is high in fat is consumed, it can cause the pancreas to become inflamed and release the enzymes too soon. Pancreatitis is a medical emergency! When the enzymes are released too soon, it can cause the pancreas to digest itself! In addition to pancreatitis, consuming people food can cause severe stomach upset with vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. No one wants a sick pet and a houseful of guests! High-fat content in our Turkey dinner is not the only concern. Bones from turkey and other poultry can cause your pet to choke and if swallowed may cause punctures in the intestines which could lead to another fatal illness, peritonitis. We also have to be careful that Fido doesn’t eat goodies for snacking like chocolate & nuts...