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Feeding pets table scraps could be dangerous

Myron Graham Myron Graham

A Valdosta veterinarian is reminding people to think before giving their pets Thanksgiving table scraps.

Dr. Myron Graham said he sees an increase in pets coming in after Thanksgiving and Christmas with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea from having eaten table scraps. Graham said giving your pets a small amount of something plain like turkey or mashed potatoes may be okay, but there are food s you should never give your pets.

"Onions and garlic, which we use quite frequently in our Thanksgiving dishes, can cause a blood disorder known as hemolytic anemia," Dr. Graham pointed out. "Grapes and raisins, which can also cause kidney failure in our cats and dogs."

The milk and spices in many of the foods humans eat can also cause a potentially life threatening disease known as pancreatitis in cats and dogs.

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