This Thanksgiving holiday, many people will be gathering for smaller and safer celebrations amidst the pandemic. At these more intimate celebrations, pet owners may find that their animal receives more attention or is allowed more access to the feast than in years past.

Dr. Dalton Hindmarsh, a resident in emergency and critical care at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), says to prevent any pet-related issues commonly associated with holiday celebrations, owners should make a plan and set clear guidelines from the beginning on how the pet should be treated by dinner guests, regardless of your gathering’s size or guest list.

“Owners should really avoid feeding their pet any Thanksgiving foods, as the sudden change in diet could cause GI upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea) and lead to pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas),” Hindmarsh said. “Foods that…

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