Thanksgiving treats you should avoid giving to your pet

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Turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes - most people know to keep rich foods away from Fido, but some holiday snacks can also be harmful to your beloved pooch. (KABC)

Turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes - most people know to keep rich foods away from Fido, but some holiday snacks can also be harmful to your beloved pooch.

While grapes and raisins may not affect all dogs, they can cause kidney failure for others.

"It's just like with people, every person is just a little different in their metabolism in what they can and can't eat. Every dog is a little bit different as well," veterinarian Lisa Mason said.

Bananas and apples are OK for pets, as long as you don't give them the apple seeds or core.

If your dog is simply begging for a piece of fried chicken or turkey, try to resist those puppy-dog eyes. Fried and fatty foods can cause pancreatitis, which is a potentially life-threatening disease for dogs.

If your meal is loaded with onions and garlic, you should also avoid giving the scraps to your pet. Those come from the allium species of plants, which can damage the dog's red blood cells and cause anemia.

Sugar-free treats and peanut butter that contain Xylitol can be extremely toxic to a dog's system. Also, this holiday season you should make sure your pup and kitten steer clear of macadamia nuts. They can cause weakness, depression, vomiting and tremors.

We know chocolate can cause many problems, including irregular heart rhythms, but experts said baking chocolate is especially harmful.

If you want to feed your dog Thanksgiving leftovers, veterinarians said you can give them turkey, but be sure to remove the bones and trim the fat and skin. Cooked bones can splinter and cause choking, but raw bones are actually good for a dog's teeth and overall health.
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