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Pet Paws: Keep pets safe, leave holiday food to the humans

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In this week's Pet Paws we're talking about keeping your pets safe around the holidays, especially when it comes to the food we share, or rather, shouldn't share with our pets. 

While it may seem like a fun way to include your pet in enjoying the holiday meal, Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center says those meals may lead to some unfortunate medical issues.

"I've heard horror stories from people, their dogs contracting pancreatitis or having severe intestinal problems, diarrhea or excessive weeks. It's just not the right thing to do."

The shelter says that it's best to keep your pets away from everything you've cooked this year and instead provide them with a bowl of their own dog food or reward them with a few extra treats.

The shelter also warns pet owners to be aware of how they dispose of their meals. Any garbage should be sealed up tightly in garbage bags and placed either in a secure location or the household garbage bin. Be sure to safely seal all leftovers into containers, placing them in the fridge or freezer away from curious pet noses.

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