Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 3, 2012

Don’t forget your pets at the holidays

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — With the holidays coming up, i.e., Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, let’s remember how to have a happy and healthy pet during these festive times! Halloween is a dangerous time for black cats. Cats should always be kept indoors, but it is especially important around this holiday so no harm comes to them.

Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in tasty food and treats. Many of the foods are too rich to share with pets Be sure to give them treats that are healthy for them. Of course at Christmas not only should we watch what food stuffs are given to our pets, but some plants and flowers, too are dangerous to our pets. Keep poinsettias out of your pets way as well as ivy, lilies and philodendron. Dog treats are okay,  treated dog bones and dog biscuits, as well as a toy like a hard ball that can’t be chewed up and swallowed or dug — are great. Cats are a little fussier about treats and toys, aren’t we all? Catnip is the best for your felines, and a small plastic ball with a bell inside is a good toy, or a scratching post.

Enjoy the upcoming holidays with a happy and healthy pet!

Joan Kennary

Tazewell County Humane Soceity