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Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or [email protected]
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or [email protected]

LA Animal Services Shares Pet Safety Tips To Keep 

Your Pets Safe This Thanksgiving

Los Angeles, November 23, 2022 – Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and enjoy the festive foods that come with the holiday. Some of these festive dishes, however, can pose health hazards for our four-legged friends, so LA Animal Services is offering some tips to help keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving holiday:

  • The Thanksgiving Feast. Even when we don’t mean to, dogs or cats can still sneak a bite of the Thanksgiving feast from the kitchen counter, the trash, or even the dining room table. This can result in very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from turkey bones, too much rich and fatty foods (that are hard for pets to digest), and just plain overeating.

  • Keep alcoholic beverages and wine glasses away from pet’s reach. Alcohol can cause your pet’s blood sugar and blood pressure to drop dangerously.

  • No sweets for your sweeties. Chocolate can be toxic to pets, while pies and candies may contain the artificial sweetener called xylitol commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods, which can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.

  • Treat your pet with a special treat. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them. Don’t forget to reduce your furry friends’ regular meals so pets don’t overeat that day. 

  • Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local emergency pet clinic immediately.

  • Ensure your pet is licensed and microchipped with up-to-date contact information. If for any reason your pet becomes lost, ensuring they are wearing a collar, with a current LA City dog license and/or ID tag on them and a microchip that’s registered with your most up-to-date contact information, will help reunite you with your companion.

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