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We All Want Merry Pets
by Landess Witmer - PetFolio Publisher
Nov 22, 2011 | 1209 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PetFolio Illustration/Turi Everett
PetFolio Illustration/Turi Everett
RENO — The holiday season is upon us. This is a wonderful time to reconnect with family and friends, host a special dinner at home, attend holiday parties, travel for a quick weekend getaway or volunteer at the local animal rescue organization.

But how do your animals fit in to all these busy plans?

We all know the family pet relies upon you to meet the basic needs of food, water, shelter, exercise and going potty. Your animal also needs basic training and grooming. Your furry friend must have your attention and love.

But this time of year, your animal needs you more than ever. Give your dog an extra walk in the middle of the day. Take a moment to sit down on the couch with your kitty for a minute. With all the joy of the holiday season, it also is stressful and it is well known that pets are stress relievers. What better time than the holidays to take advantage of this great benefit from pet ownership.

For a fun Thanksgiving twist, you can give your pet such special treats as fruits, vegetables, chews and biscuits — but only if you do your research. Ingredients such as pomegranate, acai berry and quinoa, which have been fads in people food, are now crossing over into pet treats. Items that are made with human-grade ingredients will ensure your furry friend is getting the very best. Treats made with natural ingredients such as pumpkin, sweet potato, apple with ginger or cinnamon also are popular right now.

By setting aside special time together, adding extra treats and toys and taking your animal with you when appropriate, you can ensure that this year’s holidays are jolly for your entire family. We all want merry pets!

Don’t feed your pet out of guilt

These Thanksgiving treats are a “no-no” and are harmful to your pet, according to the American Humane Association:

• Rich, fatty foods, such as turkey skins or gravy can cause pancreatitis, an inflammation of a digestive gland, and can be very painful and serious. Limit table scraps and let your guests know as well.

• Any kind of bone can tear or obstruct your pet’s intestinal tract. Make certain all bones are disposed of properly. Poultry bones can be especially dangerous or even fatal to animals.

• Onions, found in abundance in turkey stuffing, are toxic and can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Foods containing high amounts of onion powder also should be avoided.

Grapes and raisins are harmful to pets. Keep that cornucopia filled with fresh fruits out of reach. Grapes especially contain toxins that can cause kidney failure.

Chocolate — especially baking chocolate — can kill your dog, so keep all such goodies well out of reach. Chocolate can affect the nervous system and cause urinary system and heart muscle damage in your pet. It also contains theobromine, which can be especially harmful to dogs if ingested in large quantities.

Coffee, both grounds and beans, is also dangerous to animals.

Watch the string that ties up the turkey or roast, as well as the little red “pop-up” thermometers. Dogs and cats often eat these tasty things, causing intestinal blockage.

In addition, keep all leftover food out of reach in a closed container. Any garbage can contain toxins such as e-coli that can affect your pet’s organs. This includes leftover tinfoil that, when chewed, can obstruct your pet’s intestinal tract.

Courtesy of PetFolio Magazine, “A World Unleashed.” PetFolio can be found free at Scolari’s, Smith’s and select Reno News & Review stands. Visit
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We All Want Merry Pets by Landess Witmer - PetFolio Publisher

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