“Hey Siri, Are Thanksgiving Foods Safe for My Dog?”
“What Thanksgiving Treats Can I Feed My Cat?” “Are Thanksgiving Foods Okay for My Pet?”
Every year, family and friends gather to give thanks. The dogs couldn’t be more ecstatic about the company and the cats…well, they’re a bit more perturbed. In the midst of the merriment, however, pets can be overlooked. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a time of year that sees a rise in accidental pet poisonings.
Dogs and cats alike tend to get into the delectable human feast. Whether consuming human foods from the counter or receiving them from unwitting dinner guests, pets are at risk for food poisoning this holiday.
Not to worry – Barkery & Bath is here to help! Keep reading to learn which foods are pet-safe and which to avoid!
Thanksgiving Foods Dangerous for Pets
- Turkey bones, dark fatty meat, and skin: please be aware that both turkey and chicken bones are not only a choking hazard. They can also splinter inside your pet’s digestive tract and cause serious harm.
- Desserts: Chocolate is well-known to be toxic for dogs, but so is the common sugar-substitute xylitol. Even in small amounts, xylitol is very toxic for dogs so please keep that sugar-free pie or keto-friendly dessert bar to yourself.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Raisins and grapes
- Onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives: these are toxic for both dogs and cats and can be found in many casseroles, mashed potatoes, stuffing dishes, and gravies.
- Ham and any other dark meat
- Yeast dough, especially unbaked: yeast rises and expands and may cause a digestive blockage in your poor pet’s tummy. Additionally, the natural fermentation of yeast may cause alcohol poisoning.
- Fatty foods
- Any food with seasoning or spices
Keep pets out of the kitchen and dining area where they may be tempted to hop on the counter and help themselves. Also, be sure to secure any trash can lids so they can’t go dumpster diving for Thanksgiving tidbits when you’re not around.
In addition to keeping these foods from your pets, you’ll also want to make sure your guests are aware of these restrictions. Well-meaning friends or family may be tempted to slip a treat under the table for your pet, so let them know ahead of time that this is to be avoided. Instead, have pet-safe Thanksgiving treats on hand; guests are still welcome to bribe your pet’s affections as long as it’s with pre-approved, pet-safe goodies.
Thanksgiving Treats Safe for Dogs and Cats
The list of foods to avoid is certainly long, but rest assured – the Barkery has a number of excellent, pet-safe treats your pups and kitties will certainly enjoy. Vital Essentials Turkey Necks, OC Frozen Turkey Necks or maybe even the Koha Big Easy Feast Stew will let your pet enjoy their own Thanksgiving feast in a safe and nutritious way. Raw marrow bones are also a tasty treat and provide a welcome distraction for your furry friends. If you prefer to prepare your pet’s meal, these suggested treats should be served raw or slightly cooked but with NO seasoning, butter, sweetener, or additives.
- Sweet Potatoes: dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta-carotene make these a great choice!
- Baby carrots
- Apples: full of vitamin A, vitamin C, and great fiber; just make sure to remove stem and core prior to serving. Apple pieces should also be small enough to prevent choking.
- White Turkey meat: again, this must be offered without bones or skin and in small amounts without any seasoning.
- Turkey bone broth: a great way to promote a healthy gut for your pet and they will love it – the best part is it’s chock full of minerals and nutrients! Click here to learn more about making turkey bone broth for your dog… or if you don’t want to make it yourself you can purchase pet safe bone broth at either of our locations!
- Green beans: again, without seasoning or butter.
- Peas are a-okay as long as they are not creamed peas; the fattiness of creamed peas can upset your pet’s stomach.
- Pumpkin: great for digestive health, as well as skin health. However, do not give pets the puree form. Pumpkin pie with sweetener and spices is, of course, out of the question.
Other Pet Safety Considerations:
Watch the Doors.
With a busy house full of people, there’s plenty of coming and going. During the busiest times, consider shutting the pet in a backroom or a kennel to keep the pet from running out the front door. Or, keep your pet on a leash to prevent jumping on guests or escaping.
Keep Bags Out of Reach.
Have a predetermined shelf or rack of hooks to keep guests’ bags out of reach. This is the easiest way to keep your pet from consuming candy bars, medication, or pet-toxic xylitol gum from guests’ belongings.
By following these pet safety tips this Thanksgiving, you and your pets can celebrate a safe and happy holiday. For any questions, feel free to call the Barkery or drop by today! If you’d prefer to avoid any human food treats, check out our in-store options for pet-safe treats!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Barkery!