Pet Tales

Have a safe and happy holiday season with your pet

Here are a few tips from the ASPCA to help keep your pets safe during the holiday:

Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well cooked. Don’t offer raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice: Sage and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough: According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs — they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Too Much of a Good Thing: A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse — an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best to keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

A Feast Fit for a Kong: While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner — perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy — inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for a while, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

Santa visits dog park in Atascadero

Heilmann Dog Park in Atascadero invites you to Santa Paws from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Santa will be taking photos with dogs and their families, $10 for one photo, $15 for two photos. Refreshments will be served. Rain cancels. The dog park is at 1100 El Bordo. For more information, call 461-5749.

Woods Black Friday adoption special

In celebration of Black Friday, Woods Humane Society is waiving the adoption fees for all black-coated animals. The Black Friday Adopt-a-thon will run from noon Friday, through 5 p.m. Sunday. Woods is at 875 Oklahoma Ave., in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 543-9316 or visit .

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