Wellness Shot: What Not To Feed Your Pets On Thanksgiving

You may think that all holiday (human) foods are good for your dog or cat, but experts says gravies, sauces, marinades, and certain spices, herbs and vegetables can make those otherwise acceptable foods dangerous.

Always remember that moderation is key. Though a food may be pet-friendly, you should still only feed your pets human food in limited amounts.


Not Safe:
  • Undercooked turkey
  • Turkey bones and skin – Fatty foods like turkey skin are tough for dogs and cats to digest
  • Stuffing – Many stuffing dishes include scallions, garlic and onions, all three of which are toxic to animals and can cause anemia
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate – This may seem like a no-brainer for experienced pet owners. But you may want to remind guests not to give animals a taste of chocolate desserts. It’s toxic for them
  • Coffee
  • Onions
  • Gravy
  • Nuts – Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets

(In moderation)

  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potato
  • Plain yams, plain sweet potato, and plain pumpkin – Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for your dog as long as they do not contain nutmeg. It has mild hallucinogenic properties that, when ingested by your dog, can cause seizures, tremors and central nervous system problems
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Cranberries

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