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Tips for keeping your pets safe, well during holidays

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Fifi and Fido are especially at risk for problems during the holidays, area veterinarians say.

This is the most dangerous time of the year for our four-legged family members, but making good choices can help keep them safe, happy and well.

Ryan Bragg, a vet with Blue Pearl Animal Hospital, said the holiday season is their busiest time of the year and most trips to the vet could be avoided. He said feeding your dogs or family member's dog table scraps can put their lives at risk.

"Some foods cause pancreatitis. Sometimes if a dog eats a turkey carcass or bones they can perforate the bowel and need emergency surgery," Bragg said.

You should keep the trash secure from pets because they can do go rummaging and find a bone that can splinter inside them.

Foods such as grapes, garlic, onions and, yes, chocolates, can be highly toxic to pets. Poinsettias are another no-no with some animals eating them.

With so many people coming and going from residences, dogs and cats can also slip outside and get hit by vehicles. Bragg said keep your pets secure in a back room away from the traffic in and out of your residence.

If your pets do have problems, don't take your chances. Take your furry friend to your vet or an emergency vet immediately.

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