Health tips for pets on Thanksgiving

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - As the family gathers, diving into feasts of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, it's important to remember not everyone in your family can partake.

In fact, certain furry family members should stick to their primary diet this Thanksgiving. 

Dr. Richard Headley, an Associate Veterinarian at Lincolnway Veterinarian Clinic, says if dogs are given bits of table scraps, often a little bit here and there can grow and affects your pup's dietary digestion. 

"I certainly prefer that we not slip the dog anything," he said. "Most dogs can handle, excuse me a little bit of turkey or a little bit of ham or something like that."

Health officials advise keeping pets away from food toxic to them such as: onions, grapes, chocolate, turkey skin and high fat foods. 

Cooked chicken, without seasoning, cooked sweet potatoes and carrots are safe to give your pets. 

For a complete list of foods that are safe/not safe for your pets, visit the American Kennel Club's website. 

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