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  • Gamble: Thanksgiving food for people, not pets

  • As much as we love sharing food with our pets, there are many foods that are toxic to them. Onions, garlic and chives can give pets gastrointestinal issues and actually lead to damage of red blood cells.

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  • Thanksgiving is coming, and that means food – lots of food that many of us really don’t need.
    But tradition overrides common sense, so we prepare too much anyway. To stay healthy we need to avoid eating to excess. Pets need to be kept on track all year long in order to stay healthy and not allowed to indulge in certain leftovers from the Thanksgiving dinner.
    As much as we love sharing food with our pets, there are many foods that are toxic to them. Onions, garlic and chives can give pets gastrointestinal issues and actually lead to damage of red blood cells.
    Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure for pets.
    Turkey and chicken meat can be too rich for pets and make them sick. Turkey and chicken bones splinter easily and should never be given to cats or dogs. These bones can puncture an animal’s intestines or become lodged in a pet’s throat.
    Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, weakness, and tremors in dogs.
    Yeast dough can actually grow in size and cause intestines to rupture.
    Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is extremely toxic to pets. Xylitol can be found in chewing gum and baked goods, among other things. This chemical causes an insulin release in pets, which can lead to liver failure.
    If you want to share a bite or two of your food with your dog, you can give him raw carrots, slices of apples, green beans, bananas or cantaloupe. Canned pumpkin is also a great treat for your dog. If you want to make it a special treat, take a Kong toy and stuff it with canned pumpkin then put it in the freezer. When everyone sits down to dinner, take your dog to another room and give him this treat. He will love it and will not be begging at the dinner table.
    Cats can have cooked carrots, steamed broccoli, asparagus or green beans. Cats can’t digest raw vegetables, so they need to be cooked.
    Holidays are wonderful to spend quality time with friends and family. Don’t let a trip to the vet or animal emergency room ruin your Thanksgiving. Be mindful of what Rover or Felix is doing to be sure no one gives them something toxic.
    If your pet consumes something that you are not sure about, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
    Animals Best Friends wish list includes: Purina Dog, Puppy, Cat and Kitten chow, dog and cat treats and chews, cow hooves or rawhides, canned dog and cat food, stuffed (no beads) and Kong toys, laundry detergent, bleach, Fantastic spray, Dawn dish liquid, paper towels, newspapers, 39 gallon trash bags, blankets, sheets, cat litter. There is a paper recycling bin in the parking lot at ABF Headquarters, 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Please, no cardboard or telephone books. We appreciate your support.
    Page 2 of 2 - To adopt a pet, visit the Independence Animal Shelter at 875 Vista Drive or call 325–7207 for more information. If you have an animal control problem, call 325-7205.
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