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    Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

    Foothills Animal Shelter Provides Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe for Thanksgiving and the Entire Holiday Season

    Foothills Animal Shelter, a true resource for the pet community, hopes pet owners keep their cats and dogs safe during Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season. It’s important for pet owners to keep their pets in mind when preparing for this festive time of year.

    Thanksgiving Day Goodies:

    • Even though you may be tempted by your pet’s pleading eyes to share your Thanksgiving leftovers, many foods are actually dangerous and unhealthy for them.
    • Rich and fatty foods (such as turkey skins, gravy, etc.) can cause serious abdominal issues for pets. Tempting as it may be, keep them out of reach from your cats and dogs.
    • Cooked bones are brittle choking hazards and can splinter when chewed, potentially causing tears or obstructions in your pet’s digestive tract.
    • Another Thanksgiving staple that can be hazardous to pets is stuffing. Stuffing often contains onions, which poison dogs’ blood cells. Your pets should also avoid garlic bread as garlic is also bad for your pets’ blood.
    • Be aware that tasty candy for humans can be dangerous to pets. Chocolate is poisonous and can even be fatal for pets.


    Holiday Season Decorations:

    • Secure large trees to the wall to prevent tipping. Cats can easily climb up in trees and tip them over – as can dogs!
    • Avoid using tinsel to decorate. It can be ingested and caught in a pet’s digestive track.
    • Fasten all your tree decorations securely with the more fragile ones at the top. Consider non-breakable ornaments that look like glass, but are actually plastic.
    • Place holiday plants out of reach and vacuum often. Poinsettias are poisonous to animals and can cause drooling, oral pain and vomiting. Mistletoe is also poisonous. Avoid these plants or use artificial ones that appear to be real instead.
    • Keep electrical cords tucked away so your pet won’t chew on or get tangled in them.



    About Foothills Animal Shelter
    The organization is a true resource for the pet community — including adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations and microchipping. The open-admissions facility (that never turns any animal away) cares for over 9,500 orphaned pets each year. Visit
    www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org for more information or in person seven days a week at 580 McIntyre Street in Golden, 80401 (on the northwest corner of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds near 6th Avenue & Indiana).

    November 18, 2016

    Last Updated: 11-18-2016