Keep your pets healthy, happy during the holidays

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OKLAHOMA CITY – While you may be slaving over the stove to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is perfect for your guests, you may be forgetting about the health of your four-legged friends.

The Bella Foundation has come up with a few tips to make sure your pets are safe and happy during the holidays.

  • Too many fatty or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitits or gastroenteritis; both are painful and life-threatening.
  • Maintain your pet’s regular meal and exercise schedule. Also, avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his dietary routine can cause an upset stomach and vomiting.
  • Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides, so avoid giving them to your dog.
  • Onions and onion powder, used in stuffing and seasoning, will destroy a pets’ red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
  • Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
  • Chocolate can be fatal to your dog or cat, so sweets must be kept out of reach.
  • Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction.
  • Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are a lot of people in the kitchen, there is more of a chance to bump into the water bowl.
  • Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat and make sure it is not stressed. You can also give them toys to occupy their time while you are entertaining guests.
  • Keep the lid on the garbage can securely fastened.
  • Closely watch doors when guests are coming and going. Family and friends may not even notice when he or she slips out the door.
  • Don’t let your pet get into trouble by accidentally nipping at a stranger or child.