No Bones for Beagles, Taters for Tabbies, Cheesecake for Chihuahuas, or Pies for Persians this Thanksgiving. That's the warning being issued by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS.) Common sense goes a long way when it comes to keeping pets safe (and keeping your carpet clean.) 

"We’re supposed to be smarter than our pets, but most of us still overeat during Thanksgiving,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. "We understand there will be consequences for that second or third or fourth helping. Our dogs and cats just see all that food and eat until they're sick." 

Van Zante says it's up to us to control what our pets eat on Thanksgiving. "German Chocolate Cake is not for German Shepherds and Russian Blue cats don’t need Blue Cheese dressing. If you offer them food or if your pet can reach food left out, they’ll eat it. We’re responsible for our pets, even if we make poor decisions for ourselves." 

A few simple rules to help keep pets safe on Thanksgiving:
* Make sure they have "Pet Food" available
* Keep the pets out of the kitchen 
* Remind your family and guests not to sneak food to your pets
* No Bones. (Cooked bones can splinter and puncture the digestive system)
* DO NOT give your pets the fat. (No gravy for greyhounds) 
* No sweets, candy or deserts. (No whipped cream for Whippets)
* Do not “make a plate” for your pet. (No taters for Tabbies.) 
* Take out the trash. If it smells like food, pets will eat it. 
* No Booze, cider, sparkling water, etc.

"Curiosity really can kill the cat," says Van Zante. "We are so thankful to have animals in our lives every day. Make sure your decorations are safe for pets. Take out the trash. Provide your pet with a place to hide away if it gets overwhelmed. That's one day of caution for a lifetime of joy."

pets on fence painting
[Photo Credit: Rancho Coastal Humane Society] 

Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, Cal. will be closed Thanksgiving Day but open the rest of the holiday weekend. For more information call 760-753-6413 or visit www.sdpets.org.