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Thanksgiving Foods: Ok to Feed to Pets?

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there’s certain to be begging from your furry family members who pick up on the delicious smells of cooking food wafting through the kitchen.

Whether you’re a pet owner who likes to hand out the occasional table scraps or have a family member who thinks your pet should enjoy the night’s meal, we want to make sure you’re aware of which foods are safe.

While we don’t condone table feeding as its regularity can lead to obesity and encourages begging behaviors, the following will give you an idea of which foods are okay to feed:

Thanksgiving foods for pets 

Turkey: In moderation

A small amount of lean, light meat is okay to treat your pet, but try to steer away from skin, fat, and dark meat. Cooked bones are a definite no-no as they can splinter and cause choking or damage to your pet’s digestive system.

Turkey Gravy: Avoid

Gravy usually contains high amounts of fat which are not healthy for your pet. Fatty foods can cause gastrointestinal upset in your furry friends.

Mashed Potatoes: In moderation

Mashed potatoes that are prepared bland and light (read: without heaps of butter and heavy cream) can be an okay snack to slip to your pet, but if they are loaded with fat and salt, then it’s best to avoid feeding them.

Any mashed potatoes prepared with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives should definitely be kept away from pets as these foods are toxic to dogs and cats.

Stuffing: Avoid

Stuffing often contains those ingredients that are toxic to pets such as onions, chives, garlic, and scallions. Plus, with the added butter, stuffing is likely a fatty treat that your pet does not need.

Cranberry Sauce: Avoid

Plain cranberry sauce is usually quite high in sugar which pets just do not need in their diets. Others may contain raisins or grapes which are toxic to pets, so it’s best to keep the cranberry sauce away altogether.

Homemade Rolls: In moderation

A bit of bread here or there is okay to toss to your pet, so long as it’s not slathered in butter.

Green Bean Casserole: Just the beans

Like many other vegetables, green beans can be a great snack for dogs. However, casseroles often contain onions and creamy mushroom soup which are not good for dogs. So skip the casserole and stick to the beans when treating your pet.

Corn: just the corn, no cobs

While some pets may have corn allergies, others can manage to munch a few cooked corn kernels just fine. Just be sure to keep the cobs away, as it can cause an obstruction if your dog attempts to eat the entire cob.

Candied Sweet Potatoes/Yams: Avoid

Candied, sugary, buttery goodness may be a delightful dessert for humans, but does not offer any nutritional value to pets and is best not to be shared.

Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, oh my!

Just like the above, it’s best to avoid sugary sweet desserts when sneaking food to pets under the table. It’s not the end of the world if a bite accidentally falls off your fork. But it’s best not to purposely feed pie to your best friend.

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


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