Potential problems for pets on Thanksgiving

Keeping your pets safe during what could be the most dangerous time of year for them.

Rosaria, left, serves Lara ice cream as Kiyoko looks on in a pets shop in Rome, Monday, June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Many of the items prepared for humans to feast on Thanksgiving, may pose serious problems to their furry and feathered friends.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners urges people to practice caution since they see a significant uptick this time of year in pet-related emergencies, many of which are avoidable.

Some of these problems include gastrointestinal irritations with vomiting and diarrhea, pancreatitis from eating foods high in fat, and an increase in animals being struck by vehicles.

These are some safety precautions and tips, that may possibly save your pets life.

• Make sure to seal garbage bags and place them in a tightly covered container to prevent your pets from getting into something that could injure them.
• Turkey bones, chicken bones and ham bones can splinter and cause the intestinal track to become perforated.
• It is best to keep your pets on their normal diets. Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol, and raw or undercooked food can create major problems for pets.
• Foods high in fat content can cause pancreatitis in companion animals.
• As guests and deliveries come and go, make sure pets remain safely inside. Doors that are left unintentionally open can result in your pet being hit by a car.
• Poinsettias are also toxic to pets.
• If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, herbal remedies or medications can be provided by your veterinarian to assist with calming a pet.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to your veterinarian.

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