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8 Pet-friendly Thanksgiving Foods

No need to leave your furry family member out of the Thanksgiving festivities. Just make sure to give them foods that are safe for them and don't let them overindulge. The holidays coincide with an uptick in vet visits so ensure you keep your pet safe by following the below tips.

Safe & Healthy Foods to Feed at Thanksgiving

  1. Turkey Breast

    Offer unseasoned, skinless turkey from the middle of the breast because it is least likely to have absorbed the fatty, salty brine

  2. Sweet potatoes

    • Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and fiber

  3. Gravy

    • You can make a dog-friendly gravy using canned dog food or purchase a pre-made gravy made for dogs. You can do the same for your cat!

  4. Carrots

    • Carrots are low-calorie and high in fiber and vitamin A. (However, they are high in sugar, so you may want to skip them if your pet is diabetic)

  5. Green Beans

    • Green beans are filling and low in calories — whether you use fresh or frozen green beans, ensure there’s no seasoning

  6. Cranberries

    • Fresh cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and can add a burst of flavor to your pet's plate

  7. Apple slices

    • Save a few slices from your apple pie and chop or mash them — just ensure you remove the seeds & skin

  8. Pumpkin

    • Pumpkin is a pet super-food that can help regulate their digestive tract — whether it’s steamed, baked, or canned, ensure that it’s 100% pumpkin with no additives

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Unsafe & Unhealthy Foods To Avoid at Thanksgiving

Watch out for these common Thanksgiving foods that are harmful to your pet:

  • Onions

  • Garlic

  • Mushrooms

  • Raisins / craisins

  • Currants

  • Tamarinds

  • Cream of tartar

  • Cooked bones

  • Heavy fats (ie butter & turkey skin)

  • Alcohol

  • Nutmeg

  • Chocolate

SEE ALSO: 7 Holiday Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

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