Thanksgiving is the wonderful time of year in which we give thanks to all the important things and people in our life: friends, family, and our pets! Of course, you want to include your furry friends in the holiday fun, but which foods are actually safe for cats and dogs to eat? Keep reading for a list of what is and isn’t okay to share with your pets for a healthy and happy holiday!
SAFE FOR YOUR PET
White turkey meat is a wonderful lean protein to share with your dog or cat. Just be sure to remove any excess skin and fat, and make sure your pet doesn’t ingest any bones.
Potatoes are a great, filling vegetable to share with your pet. Although potatoes themselves are not harmful to cats and dogs, be aware of additional ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. Steer clear of giving your pet butter, onions, garlic, or gravy.
Plain green beans are a wonderful treat for pets. Fresh vegetables are a great addition to any diet. Green bean casserole has a ton of other unhealthy ingredients, though, so set aside a few plain beans just for your pet.
Pumpkin is a miracle food for cats and dogs. It promotes healthy digestion, can help control weight, and is a good treatment for cats who have frequent hairballs. Plus, it’s packed with nutrients. Just make sure you are feeding your pet 100% canned pumpkin without additives, fillers, spices, or sugar (and not pumpkin pie filling!)
Nothing with alliums (onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, etc.) should ever be ingested by your pet. These foods can lead to a condition called hemolytic anemia, which caused damage your pet’s red blood cells.
Many people are unaware that grapes (and subsequently raisins) can be toxic to pets. The fruit has been shown to cause vomiting and kidney failure in dogs.
Chocolate is a well known off-limits food for pets. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, internal bleeding or heart attacks in both dogs and cats.
While peanut butter might be your dog’s favorite treat, almost all other nuts can cause serious problems for your pet. Walnuts, macadamias, pistachios, and pecans can lead to issues such as pancreatitis, seizure, or gastrointestinal distress/obstruction.