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Abilene Vet: Fall is a dangerous time to be a house pet

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 23 2013 12:12:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 07:32:10 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Everything from chocolate to tinsel to turkey can make the holidays dangerous for your pet.

"Starting at Halloween, we go through the two most dangerous months of the year for dogs and cats," said Dr. Janice Price with the Windmill Animal Hospital.

The chocolate candies that make Halloween such a great time for trick-or-treaters can kill cats and dogs.

Dr. Price explains why, "chocolate kills dogs and cats, they can't fully metabolize it and when they consume chocolate, it ends up as an intermediate metabolite that will cause liver damage, cause seizures, and will kill them".

Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, high fat table scraps for dogs can result in pancreatitis.

Christmas tree decorations like tinsel often look like a tasty treat for cats but if they eat it, Dr. Price, says it will cause a "linear foreign body problem" in their digestive tract.

In order to keep your furry family members safe, just keep a close eye on what they're eating for the next few months.

By doing this, you can make the holidays magical for them too.