What NOT to Feed Your Pet on Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

We all want to share the fun of Thanksgiving with our pets! But foods that might be simply over-indulgent for humans can be dangerous for animals. Steer clear of these items to keep your dogs and cats healthy and happy this holiday.

DON’T Feed Your Cat or Dog These Things

  • Turkey twine
  • Turkey skin, drippings or gravy
  • Turkey bones
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mushrooms
  • Sage
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fatty foods
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Bread dough
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol

Instead, Try These Treats

If you’re getting the puppy-dog eyes from under the Thanksgiving table, here are a few things you can share with your pet. Remember, a bite or two is plenty for your cat or dog!

  • Turkey breast – as long as your pet doesn’t have any allergies, a small amount of cooked turkey breast from your plate is okay.
  • Vegetables – Uncooked carrots, green beans, celery, broccoli or cauliflower are also good treats in small quantities.
  • Salmon – Share a little of your smoked salmon for a healthy treat.
  • Cheese – Animals enjoy appetizers, too. A small cheese cube from the tray is okay.


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