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Suffolk County SPCA Offers Advice For Keeping Pets Safe At Thanksgiving

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – With all that food on the table, it may be tempting to give your pets some scraps this Thanksgiving. But animal experts warn that what you hand out to your dog or cat could be harmful.

The Suffolk County SPCA has advice for pet owners on keeping their furry friends safe during the holiday season:

  • Avoid giving pets turkey bones. They can cause obstructions, choking and intestinal damage.
  • Keep chocolate away from pets. It’s a toxic substance to animals, particularly dogs. Dark chocolate especially is toxic and can be fatal.
  • Nuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea in animals.
  • Avocado can cause buildup of fluid in internal organs and cause damage to the heart.
  • Close the oven door. A cat could jump in seeking a warm place.
  • Secure the trash.

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