Healthy Thanksgiving Treats for Pets

Who doesn’t love the foods of Thanksgiving? We know your pets will be begging for a bite, but be careful with what you decide to share. Although your pet would love to have their own place at your holiday table, many of the delicious foods we enjoy are better off not shared with cats and dogs. Threats of pancreatitis, gastrointestinal obstructions, or toxicities come into play when you sneak your furry friend bites from your plate. Avoid spending your Thanksgiving in an emergency veterinary hospital by opting for the following tasty, pet-safe alternatives:


  • Plain turkey breast — Dogs and bones are often paired together, but tossing your pooch a turkey leg is a big no-no. Instead, offer small bites of unseasoned turkey breast with skin, bones, and excess fat removed. 


  • Fresh veggies — Fresh vegetables, minus garlic and onions, are always an excellent healthy treat for your pet. When preparing your side dishes, save a few carrots, green beans, or broccoli chunks for your pet to nibble while your family enjoys casseroles, stuffings, and other sides stuffed with veggies. 


  • Unseasoned mashed potatoes — While your typical mashed potatoes loaded with butter, milk, garlic, and other seasonings are off-limits for pets, plain mashed potatoes are perfectly acceptable in small portions. Before adding all the extras that make mashed potatoes delicious, save a bite or two that is free from seasonings and dairy products. Many pets are lactose-intolerant—including cats—and can vomit or develop diarrhea from milk.   


We want you to have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving with your furry family! If you decide to share the joy of Thanksgiving dinner with your furry family keep these treats in mind. If your pet finds trouble by getting into leftovers or picking through the trash, contact us!