If you’re considering adopting a pet, now would be a great time to do it as the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is offering $40 off of a dog adoption and $30 off a cat adoption. The 12 Pets of Christmas discount lasts until Dec. 24 and can be accessed by visiting www.foundanimals.org/twelve-pets-of-christmas.

In the midst of the holiday season, county officials would also like to offer tips to keep pets safe.

“We can get so caught up with all of the holiday festivities, but let’s not forget about our four-legged family members,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of the Department of Animal Care and Control.

• Never feed or allow pets to eat chocolate or other holiday candies. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats and can cause death. If you see your animal eating chocolate, get to a vet as soon as possible.

• Keep Christmas tree ornaments away from your pets as they will be tempted to chew or swallow them.

• Some people add special liquid preservatives to the water in Christmas tree stands that can be harmful to pets if they drink it. Check to see if your tree is “pet safe.”

• Keep holiday season plants away from pets as some can be poisonous to cats and dogs.

• Don’t leave wrapping paper or ribbons where pets can chew and possibly swallow them.

• Make sure pets cannot get to electrical wiring.

• If you are having turkey, make sure to dispose of the bones properly. They can easily splinter and puncture an animal’s gastro-intestinal tract, causing internal injury.

• And keep your pets away from the booze. Don’t let anyone offer a sample of their favorite libation to your pet.

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