Which foods are safe for your pup this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for pets to enjoy family get-togethers, where they’ll have many more opportunities for cuddling and belly rubs during the holiday season. However, as we’ve mentioned at times, holidays also can provide unusual foods your pet might not be used to, as well as unsafe conditions that could adversely affect them if not prepared for.

Thanksgiving tends to revolve around food as much as the gratitude we share with one another–and it’s tempting to share Thanksgiving food with your pups as a way of thanking them for bringing so much love and fun into our lives. But there are certain foods (or even parts of foods) that you should keep well away from your dogs if you want them to stand the best chance of staying healthy and happy.

For instance, it can be okay to share just a tiny, treat-sized bit of white turkey meat, but only in moderation. Remember that it’s a treat for them, and should be treated as such, rather than handing them a whole slab of turkey to gobble down. Dark turkey meat, as well as turkey skin, is generally much denser and greasier, so should be avoided. And absolutely under no circumstances give your dogs turkey bones! These are fragile and could easily break in your dog’s throat or obstruct their intestines, necessitating an emergency trip to the vet.

Gravy is another too-rich treat that should be left to humans alone, as it can upset a dog’s delicate stomach. At the same time, plain mashed potatoes should pose no problem for your pup.

Lastly, did you know that, unless your pet is used to being fed such, large quantities of onions, scallions, leeks, and raisins can cause toxic anemia or even kidney failure in dogs.

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So play it safe this Thanksgiving and ensure your pup is around to share its gratitude with your whole family for years to come.¬†Of course, if you want to treat your pups further, there’s always the flavorful Variety Pet Foods recipes to choose from! Mom’s Turkey Dinner is a definite favorite among the four-leggeds, along with Grandma’s Buffet Dinner and the Mixables Colorado Cookout. Does your dog have a favorite delectable treat that you’ve found is a safe alternative to droppings from the dinner table?

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