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Hidden holiday pet dangers

Posted at 9:27 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 09:27:35-05

(WKYC/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) The holidays are a time to enjoy tasty treats, but those same foods often contain hidden dangers for your pets.

Dr. Jeff Richman, of the Richman Animal Clinic in Richmond Heights, Ohio offers a list of suggestions to keep animals safe throughout the holiday season.

FOODS TO AVOID FEEDING:

- Anything containing artificial sweeteners, especially Xylitol. It's been found to be potentially deadly to pets when ingested. Keep all sweets out of reach.

- Chocolate, especially baking chocolate is toxic to dogs.

- Grapes, raisins, fruitcake, mushrooms, sage and onions can also cause serious gastrointestinal problems in dogs and be potentially toxic.

- Turkey skin, drippings, gravy and cause stomach problems that may require an unpleasant clean-up.

- NEVER feed turkey bones or allow the animal to lick the twine. They can get lodged in the intestines and cause tears or ruptures.

- Aluminum foil and twist ties may be fun for cats to play with but they can cause serious problems if ingested.

- Overeating can cause gastro distress in pets. Make sure you remove temptation by securing garbage can lids and removing unattended plates.

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