Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your four-legged friends

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

With all the holiday traveling this time of year, some people have to leave their furry friends behind. But at one Wichita pet resort, the dogs will get a special thanksgiving surprise of their own.

"We're super big on holidays and kind of like being together as a family so we thought, why should the dogs miss out on dinner, since we're getting it too,” said Mercedes Haydon, the Reservation Specialist at Chisholm Creek Pet Resort. 

The facility has everything from standard to deluxe suites and provides a safe and comfortable place that you can leave your pets if you can't take them along with you during travel. On Thanksgiving Day they'll be preparing a special meal for every one of the dogs, including all the savory, animal-friendly favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans.

"I feel like every dog just to know that they're not alone during that day, and we care, too. We're kind of like their second family," said Haydon.

If you plan on feeding your own pets human food over the holidays, Dr. Brock Lofgreen at the Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital of Wichita has some important advice. 

"I think the biggest thing is, you know, if you're going to feed them off the table, keep it to proteins. Not fatty foods or things like that," said Lofgreen.

These are some of the common food items NOT to give to your four-legged friends: 

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Raisins
  • Cooked bones
  • Walnuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Dairy
  • Grapes
  • Mushrooms
  • Fatty foods
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate

”Things that are a little bit safer, things that are like vegetables, green beans, peas, things like that that are mostly carbohydrates. You can get by with those brands are generally OK,” said Lofgreen.

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