Holiday Tips for Pets

POSTED BY: News Department
Monday, November 25, 2002 - 01:29 PM
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Pass the potatoes, pass the turkey, but don't pass food under the table to household pets because it's one of many things that can cause harm to animals, this holiday season. Animal Shelter executive director Gary Graham says many foods are harmful -- especially chicken and turkey because bones and bone slivers can cause significant damage to animals. It could result in death. Animal experts point out that humans don't eat pet food, so pets shouldn't eat table scraps. Their digestive systems aren't like humans and they run the risk of getting sick. But, food isn't the only thing that can make animals sick during the holidays. Many pets become stressed when normally quiet homes become holiday headquarters with masses of people mulling around. Graham says animals should be kept in familiar areas, so they feel more at ease. Stress can lead to other, health problems, according to Graham. Keep foreign objects and unknown people away from pets and you should ensure your pet's health throughout the holiday season.

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