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Foods to avoid feeding your pet

Fall and winter holiday celebrations are right around the corner, and often include festive eats and treats Halloween and candy are synonymous, as are Thanksgiving and turkey. It’s important to remember that increased candy and other holiday foods in the home may be cause for paw-se for pet parents.

Fall and winter holiday celebrations are right around the corner, and often include festive eats and treats Halloween and candy are synonymous, as are Thanksgiving and turkey. It’s important to remember that increased candy and other holiday foods in the home may be cause for paw-se for pet parents.

Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor of telehealth at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said there are several foods people should avoid giving their pets, but especially any foods containing xylitol. “Anything that contains xylitol should never be given to dogs,” Teller said. “It is extremely toxic and can lead to liver failure and death.

“It is a common replacement for sugar in many human foods, but it is so toxic to dogs that there has been legislation filed in Congress to require that any products containing xylitol be labeled as such. The bill is titled the Paws Off Act of 2021,” Teller said.

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