As we prepare to give thanks, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) offers these simple, but important, reminders to ensure that everyone, including pets, has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
- Never give your pets leftover bones; cooked bones splinter and can be fatal.
- Turkey skin and gravy are too fatty and long term ingestion could cause pancreatitis.
- Rather than serve your pet harmful leftovers, purchase a Thanksgiving dinner especially for dogs or cats, like Merrick’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner (available at the spcaLA Marketplace in Long Beach).
- Chocolate is a great treat, but not for your pets.
- If you are serving a turkey, discard leftover bones and bits in a plastic bag, tie securely, and dispose in an outside dumpster with a secure lid to avoid stray animals from accessing it and becoming ill.
- Dogs and cats should wear I.D. tags with current address and/or phone number at all times, in addition to being micro-chipped. This is important throughout the entire year, but especially during the holidays as there may be a greater risk of your pet escaping due to increased visitors.
- Teach your pet to “come when called.” This command is a fail-safe, should your dog get loose. spcaLA Animal Behavior & Training Department offers a Come When Called class.
- Expecting a full house? Secure your pets in a separate room with favorite toys and a cozy pet bed. Soft music, like classical, helps them relax. Pets that have their own room will feel safer; less stressed and won’t be able to accidentally escape out the front door.
Want to be sure to have some delicious food to share with your dog on thanksgiving? Check out these suggestions for a Doggy-Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
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