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Although Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with family and pets, there are some measures you should take to ensure your cat or dog is safe during the holiday:

Bird is the word! If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it's boneless and well cooked.

Food Wrappings. Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.

Be prepared when your pets comes begging. 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 — inside a Kong toy.

Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pet's insides. Save the bones for the broth, not your pet.

Quiet Time. Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch his behavior to make sure he is not stressed.

Garbage. Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened. If your dog gets into it, he may think he hit the jackpot!

Chocolate. Chocolate can be fatal to your dog or cat, so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.