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Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) reminds residents to keep the Thanksgiving holiday fun and safe for all family members, including pets. According to Margaret Lee, Shelter Veterinarian for LBACS, families should practice a few simple tips to keep their pets healthy and safe over Thanksgiving:
1. Do not feed pets from the table.
Turkey bones are hollow and can break and splinter into sharp pieces, causing blockage and perforation of the intestinal tract. Symptoms include loss of appetite, depression, vomiting or diarrhea, and may not be exhibited for one or two days. Also, meals that sit out at room temperature for too long can cause food poisoning; symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, a high temperature, loss of appetite and listlessness. Consult a veterinarian immediately should a pet exhibit any symptoms for turkey bone ingestion or salmonella poisoning.
2. Keep pets comfortable.
Pets may have a hard time adjusting to the increases in family activity around the holidays, especially the stress of house guests. Scheduling a time each day to play with your dog or review obedience exercises can make the holidays easier for your dog. Cats are a harder to reassure and it is better to provide a safe haven where the guests can't find them, especially young children. Also, make sure their litter pan is private.
3. Make arrangements for pet care if you will be out of town.
Ensure the care of your pet by providing proper nutrition, appropriate care and a secure environment.
4. Make sure pets wear proper identification.
All pets in Long Beach are required by law to be licensed. One of the benefits of licensing is the vacation pet alert. Pet owners with a current license may call 562.570.PETS to register where their pet will stay while they are gone, and ensure that they are returned home in case they are lost. Licensing and microchipping pets greatly increases the chances of reuniting a lost pet with its owner. For information or assistance with dog licensing, call Long Beach Animal Care Services at 562.570.7387 or visit www.longbeach.gov/acs.
5. Make sure you know the number of the emergency veterinary hospitals in your area.
Take a few minutes to drive by your local emergency veterinary hospital so you can be sure you can find it an emergency when you may not be thinking as clearly as on an ordinary day.
The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. LBACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Signal Hill. Animal Care Services is located at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., in Long Beach. The Village is open Wednesday through Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesday and holidays. Animal Care Services will be closed on November 24 and 25, 2011 for the Thanksgiving Holiday and on December 25, 2011 for Christmas Day.
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