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Regional Animal Shelter offers pet safety tips for Thanksgiving celebration

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KING WILLIAM – Friends, family, and feasts – the main ingredient for holiday fun can actually result in distress for pets. Too many table scraps can set furry tummies a-rumble, and many pets get anxious at the change in household routine. As you begin to prepare for a festive season, remember to be wary of activities that can be potentially dangerous to pets.

Talkin' Turkey: Giving your pets a little nibble of turkey is o.k., just be sure that it's boneless and fully cooked. Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria, and dogs can choke on bones which splinter easily.

A Feast Fit for a Kong: While the people are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Mix with their usual dinner a few added bits of turkey, dribbles of gravy or vegetables like sweet potato and green beans. Stuff a Kong toy with a few bits of the same goodies. They'll be happily occupied trying to get the irresistible treats out, and way too busy to come begging at the table.

Sage Advice: This peppery herb makes stuffing taste delish, but sage also contains essential oils and resins that can cause pets to suffer stomach upset and possible depression of the central nervous system.

Battery Power: The holiday season means lots of cameras, and other battery operated electronics. Please don't leave batteries lying around. If swallowed, they can cause choking or obstruction; if punctured, the chemicals in alkaline batteries can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.