Toxic foods to avoid giving to your pets

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) After every Thanksgiving meal there is usually a variety of table scraps and left overs. If you give some to your pet- well...it may not be good for their health. Here are some foods that are toxic to your pet.

Animals likes dogs and cats are not built to have a variety in their diet. Food such as chocolate, grapes, onions, fatty foods, raw meat, salty food and fried food are bad and possibly deadly for your pet. All these in excess will lead to kidney and or liver failure as well as pancreatitis, diabetes and heart failure. These organs do not process food the way that humans do. Giving your animal anything from the table may also create some bad habits for your pet.

"In my own opinion pets should not be eating table scraps at all,” said Dr. Lynne Marzonne, veterinarian at Mountain View Animal Hospital. “…it's not healthy for them, it's not good for their behavior [it] teaches them to beg, [it] teaches them to be finicky. It is a serious business, you don't want your dog to end up in the hospital because you thought you were doing something really nice…again give a Greenies...give a new toy to chew on."

Veterinarians suggest getting your pets on a simple diet of food made specifcally for them, so that they can get the nutrients they need.