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Hold the Table Scraps When it Comes to Fido

Paige Browning
Spokane Public Radio

This holiday week it may be tempting to let your pets in on the good food, but a Seattle veterinarian says it's more important to keep them safe. Most people are aware that chicken, turkey, and ham bones can splinter, the pose a threat to pets by possibly perforating the intestinal tract.

There are also threats posed by some of the traditional Thanksgiving foods. Dr. Liz Anne Bowman is a Seattle vet.

Bowman: "Animals digest spices differently than humans, particularly onions, garlic, and chocolate. Raisins and grapes can cause kidney problems. In the nut family, macadamia nuts can cause a problem. And xyletol, which is a sugar substitute, can be toxic to dogs and cats."

Bowman says it's best to keep pets on their regular diet during the holidays, or get them some special pet treats rather than feeding them leftovers.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
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