Vets: Be careful when giving Thanksgiving scraps to your pets

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Though it may be tempting to share leftovers with your pets after your Thanksgiving meal, veterinarians say you should be careful.

While veterinarians say giving your dog turkey scraps is okay, you need to be sure not to give them anything with bones. The reason: the bones can splinter or poke through intestines during digestion. This can be deadly.

You should also stay away from giving your pet stuffing. Veterinarians say onions and garlic are toxic to dogs and cats. Veterinarians also repeat the warning not to give your pet anything chocolate.

Dr. Kelly Razek with Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital says it's best just to not feed your pet table scraps if they are not used to eating fatty foods.

"One of the biggest things we tend to see after Thanksgiving is pancreatitis when animals are fed all these table scraps they're not used," Razek says.

She says this can cause severe stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhea.

Razek says Chisholm Trail typically treats more pets in the days after Thanksgiving because of the pets eating food they're not used to.