SPCA warns “Don’t give your pet a bird!” On Thanksgiving – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this year and getting together for a delicious meal, it may be tempting to share the treat with your furry loved ones — but the SPCA warns that not everything on your table is good for dogs and cats.

The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ holiday season fun and safe:

  • Use caution while eating, and do not feed pet bones from any kind of bird. Bones from traditional holiday fare such as cooked turkey, goose, chicken, or duck are extremely dangerous, as they can crack and puncture internal organs or choke an animal to death. To be extra safe, keep a lid on trash containers.
  • Protect your dog or cat from foods that are too high in fat for them, or from chocolate that your dog or cat should not eat. Other foods — like onions, grapes, alcohol, and coffee — can cause anything from nasty abdominal pain to choking to poisoning.
  • After eating all the delicious holiday meals, take a regular walk with your pets to keep them (and you) happy and healthy.
  • The holidays can be a very busy time for many families, so make your pets feel extra special by scheduling play dates with their favorite friends or taking them to the local dog park so they can enjoy the cool, calm weather.
  • Whether from candles or from a fireplace, a fire can pose a serious danger to your pet. Keep candles high and put a baffle over the fireplace.
  • For the benefit of your guests, remind them that you have a pet, especially if your pet is a “door-cleaner.”
  • Make sure your pets are spayed or neutered and keep up-to-date labels on your pets at all times. The SPCA of Texas also recommends providing your pets with a microchip to help them find their way home. To schedule an appointment to spay or neuter your pet, or to update him or her about vaccinations, please visit www.spca.org/clinicservices.

For more information, visit the SPCA of Texas on the web at www.spca.org Or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

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