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Keep human food away from petsSubmitted: 11/20/2019
Devin Biggs
Devin Biggs
Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter
dbiggs@wjfw.com

Keep human food away from pets
THE NORTHWOODS - Thanksgiving means bringing out the best foods. The food we enjoy however may not be safe for animals.

"It's easy to think of your pets as part of the family and that they're people an when you're having a special meal, it's easy to [want to] include your pets," said Northwoods Pets owner Jennifer Marshall.

While that might like a nice gesture, it can be dangerous.

"We're not the same species," said Marshall. "And there are things out there such as onions and grapes are really good example that contain chemical compounds that the dog's digestive system cannot process properly."


That can cause animal doctors like Dr. John Cheslak to get pretty busy.

"Definitely see a lot of gastrointestinal problems, upset stomachs, and sometimes they can become so critical that they need to be hospitalized," said Cheslak.

"Maybe a safer thing to do is to get something for the dog that is a treat specifically made for pets, said Marshall.

The bottom line is to plan ahead for your furry friends.

"You should prepare for your pet, get them pet friendly treats for the Thanksgiving time of year to prevent them from eating people food.

Pet owners are encouraged to go to a local pet store ahead of time and shop for treats that will satisfy their pets, but keep them safe too.


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