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Most Thanksgiving foods are toxic for pets

Before you give your furry friends some of your Thanksgiving meal, make sure you know what is and isn't safe for them to eat.

Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving in person or virtually, there's no doubt you'll be eating a big meal, but not all the foods we eat are safe for our pets.

Before you give your furry friends some of your Thanksgiving meal, make sure you know what is and isn't safe for them to eat.

Greater Huntsville Humane Society Veterinarian, Dr. Wesley Clendinen, says it's common for people to have a sick pet on or after Thanksgiving because those pets ate something delicious, but dangerous.

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It may be hard to say no, but stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, and chocolate desserts are a no go for your pets. Grapes and onions are also dangerous and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. 

The only safe options are plain, cooked sweet potato and plain boneless, skinless white turkey or chicken breast.

Dr. Clendinen said, "It's really the flavorings and kind of the fat additives that can cause pancreatitis, GI upset, things like that, and then obviously if they are chewing on a corn cob and swallow the corn cob whole, sure as day, that can block up the intestines."

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Do not give your pets chicken or turkey bones. If your dog swallows one, it can get stuck in the intestines and your pet may need surgery to remove it.

Dr. Clendinen also recommends keeping the trash and holiday decorations out of reach.

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