Local veterinarian weighs in on what Thanksgiving scraps are safe for your pet

Sweet potato, green beans and pumpkin are all safe to give your pets this holiday season.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 7:11 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Many people spend Thanksgiving with friends and family feasting on food, but furry friends are also part of the festivities.

Action News Now spoke with Dr. Harry Sekhon from the Oroville Animal Health Center about if it is safe to sneak your pet some table scraps this year.

He say it is ok to let your pet splurge a little too for the holiday, but you need to do so safely.

Every year, veterinarians see an increase of animals the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most cases include GI issues or pancreatic.

This is because dogs can't handle high-fat foods, so you might want to ditch the butter, gravy mashed potatoes or anything with heavy grease.

Dr. Harry told Action News Now it is best to stick to bland food and to steer clear of bones.

"The more fatty the meat is the more likely they are to develop something like pancreatitis,” said Dr. Harry. “Pancreatitis is just inflammation of the pancreas, what ends up happening is the pancreas works a little extra hard, it will release digestive enzymes and what that will end up doing is causing irritation vomiting and clinical signs we don't typically like to see."

Some pet owners at the dog park today told Action News Now they usually play it safe with the human food for their canine friends.

"We're usually pretty careful about not giving her scraps straight from the table, so she doesn't start begging, but she'll definitely get some turkey leftovers in her bowl for dinner,” said dog owner Ryan Martin.

Vets usually see more dogs than cats coming in after the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Harry said this because cats are usually more introverted when guests are over.

Some other safe foods for pets are pumpkin, sweet potatoes and green beans. Remember to ditch the seasoning and sugar so you can keep your pets tummy's happy.

Dr. Harry adds that every patient is unique when they get an upset stomach.

He usually does a full review of their medical history, conducts a physical exam and then determines whether to give them some medicine or in more severe cases, pump their stomachs.

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