We know you love your pets. WE love your pets! But we also want them to be happy and healthy this Thanksgiving. Before you sneak your pup some scraps under the holiday table, have a look at these 5 Thanksgiving foods that we shouldn’t feed our pets.

  1. Turkey – The Thanksgiving turkey is the centerpiece of most holiday tables. Just google it and you will find page after page of ways to prepare the best one. But, unless you eat yours plain, you shouldn’t share with your pup. Many ingredients we use for our turkeys are toxic for dogs (and cats). Even the bones can cause damage!
  2. Stuffing and Gravy – We often put onions, garlic, mushrooms, sage and more into our stuffing. That’s what makes it so yummy, after all! But those same ingredients that make food taste great to us, can potentially make our pets quite sick. Same goes for gravy. At the very least your pet could end up with an upset stomach, at the most…we’d rather not think about!
  3. Green Bean Casserole – Green beans on their own are perfectly healthy for your pup. However, if your green bean casserole is anything like my mom’s, it likely has mushroom soup and/or crispy fried onions in it. Sounds great, for us, but these things are not good for your pet. So skip the casserole and just give your pup a green bean or two to munch on instead.
  4. Cranberry Sauce – This has to be one of my personal favorites. Sweet and tart! The perfect compliment to the aforementioned Thanksgiving turkey, if you ask me. But we’re talking about pets…The amount of sugar often added to cranberry sauce is the offender here. Sometimes it also contains things like nuts or raisins, which are definitely no-no’s for our fur babies
  5. Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie – Sweet potatoes and pumpkin, in their simplest forms, are very popular ingredients in pet foods and treats. But when we make pies out of them for the holiday, we often add nutmeg, sugar, cinnamon, etc to “spice” them up, no pun intended. Nutmeg and cinnamon have been known to cause some pretty nasty problems if eaten in large amounts.

Just having your pet with you on Thanksgiving is enough to give them the warm and fuzzies. They don’t need the people food…even if they do think it smells really really good!

If you have any questions about what to feed your pet, we always recommend talking to your Vet.


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