With Thanksgiving upon us, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants pet owners to observe some precautions for the safety of their pets and house guests.
These warnings are also good to keep in mind year-round.
• Avoid feeding your pet table scraps—as this may cause, at a minimum, weight gain, and we all want to avoid that this season.
• Keep turkey bones away from your pets. These dangerous treats can cause obstructions, choking and damage to the intestines. Bones can splinter on consumption and cause grave injury.
• Pets thrive on routine. Please make sure that your holiday guests understand your pet’s “house rules” when it comes to play time, treats, jumping, getting on counters, table scraps, and the like. Help them to keep your pet mindful of its training and good manners.
• Chocolate should be kept out of your pet’s reach all the time. Dark chocolate is the most toxic and can be fatal.
• Onions and garlic can cause severe anemia especially in cats.
• Raising and grapes can cause significant kidney damage and result in renal failure.
• As you prepare for the cold weather be sure to clean up antifreeze spills right away. The sweet smell of this highly poisonous substance attracts pets to it.