Thanksgiving Leftover Food Guide for Pets

Thanksgiving is a busy time and it’s easy to want to give your pet leftovers without a thought.  But remember, pets are very sensitive to certain foods.  Here’s a rundown of what’s safe for pets and what’s not.

Turkey – OK
Turkey is actually a healthy, lean protein that can be enjoyed by your pet in moderate amount as long as it’s boneless and cooked (and avoid the fat).

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lindamayo1 / pixabay

Grapes – NO
Grapes and raisins can be toxic to pets and can cause liver failure in dogs.

Mashed Potatoes – OK
While mashed potatoes themselves are OK, be careful with the extras like sour cream, chives, onions, etc. which are NOT good for pets.

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mwm / Flickr

Alliums – NO
Alliums like (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should not be eaten by your pet in large quantities.

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wong95765 / Flickr

Cranberry Sauce – OK
Cranberry sauce, in limited amounts can be fine as long as there’s not too much sugar in it.

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Mattie Hagedorn / Flickr

Xylitol – NO
The artificial sweetener, Xylitol, more and more is found in products peanut butter, sunflower butter, baked goods and candies.  Be sure to check the ingredients!

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Alex Juel / Flickr

Green Beans – Yes
Plain green beans are a great treat for pets. Just be aware of any other ingredients that may be mixed in that could be an issue.

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Mohammed Mahdi / Flickr

Chocolate – NO
Most everyone knows that chocolate is a definite no-no for pets.  However, it’s important to remember that it’s also included in many baked goods as well, so keep an eye out.

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Ralph Daily / Flickr

Mac & Cheese – Yes
Macaroni and Cheese is fine for pets as long as they can handle dairy (if you don’t know, just give them plain macaroni).

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Kurman Communications / Flickr

Alcohol – NO
It goes without saying that alcohol must be avoided with pets.  It can be tricky during the holidays since many dishes (like rum balls) may contain alcohol, so caution is certainly recommended.

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But most of all, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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