5 Turkey Day Faves You Can Share & Which Ones Not To

by Kris Phillips

Five Turkey Day Faves That You Can Share With Your Pup

  • Turkey! Sure you’ll have plenty left over and it’s totally ok to share with dogs and cats, as long as it’s unseasoned and de-boned. So if anyone complains the turkey was bland, just tell them you’re planning to save some for Fido.
  • Sweet Potatoes. Usually served baked under a layer of marshmallows, you’ll want to save a few raw chunks to share with the dogs. And NEVER let your pets have the marshmallows, most of them are made with Xyletol which is TOXIC to dogs & cats.
  • Pumpkin but no pie. Unseasoned canned pumpkin is really good for pets, it helps their digestive system and is filling for pets on a diet. But who can stick to a diet this time of year?! Again, the rest of the pie should probably be avoided.
  • Bread & Rolls. They serve no real nutritional benefit but who else is going to eat the bread that sat on the table overnight and now doubles as a chew toy. (As long as it’s cooked, raw dough an be very dangerous when eaten)
  • Carrots and Green Beans. Served raw these veggies make a crunchy low-cal snack for dogs and dinner guests alike.

ENJOY!

The “NO” List

Make sure your guests also know what’s on the no list.

  • NEVER let your pets have the marshmallows, most of them are made with Xyletol which is TOXIC to dogs & cats even in tiny amounts.
  • Onions & Raisens
  • Chocolate
  • Fat can be very difficult for animals to digest and can cause pancreatitis
  • Bones- Can break teeth, or can splinter in the digestive tract
  • Uncooked Yeast Dough
If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.
You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435.

*this is by no means a complete list. Be sure to check with a vet if you’re unsure what your dog can eat.

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