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Pet360.com Lists Five Thanksgiving Foods to Keep Away From Your Pets

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nothing can ruin Thanksgiving weekend faster than a cat or dog that gets a hold of turkey day leftovers. To make this holiday easier on you, your pet and your purse, Pet360.com has pulled together the following list of Thanksgiving foods to keep away from your pets.

  1. Foods Not Already in Your Pet's Diet: Like most humans who taste foreign foods on vacations and end up with stomachaches, pets who eat foods they are unaccustomed to may develop digestive issues. Make every effort to ensure that your pet doesn't get a hold of any Thanksgiving scraps, and ask your guests not to feed your dog or cat any leftovers.
  2. Garbage Ready Items: Would you eat the raw, removed gizzard of your Thanksgiving Turkey? No? Well neither should your pet. If you wouldn't serve it to company, then don't give it to your dog. You'll prevent bouts of diarrhea and vomiting from ruining your weekend.
  3. Desserts: Besides the already known toxins for dogs and cats, xylitol and chocolate, desserts that are heavy in fats can be disastrous for your pet's digestive track. Avoid giving your pet any human desserts, but do consider giving her one of these special holiday treats instead.
  4. Onion-y Things: Onion does make things taste good, but it is toxic to dogs and cats. In addition to the vomiting and diarrhea that will occur if your pet gets a hold of your onion-infused stuffing, a larger medical emergency may occur as onions (garlic, leeks, and chives too) are poisonous to the red blood cells of cats and dogs.
  5. Bony Things: This applies to humans, too! To avoid a choking incident, do not give your pets any food that is hard, sharp, and big enough to get stuck in your cat or dog's throat. To appease your pet's need to chew, try a Bingo Natural Chew or Nylabone product.

Finally, friends and family have the tendency to sneak your pet some scraps on Thanksgiving, even if you've made it clear to them you'd prefer they didn't. To prevent the under-the-table hand off, consider keeping your pets sequestered in another room as you enjoy your holiday dinner.

Media Contact: Kelly Lange, 610-234-4114, klange@pet360.com

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