Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and share their love of food! Wouldn’t it just be mean to leave out our best friend from the festivities? While we want to include our pet in the holiday fun, we have to make sure what they eat is safe. So read this list and make sure to tell your uncle Sal to read it too!
- What is Thanksgiving without Turkey? That’s how your pet feels too! Just make sure you feed them white meat (stay away from dark meat).
- Cranberries are great for both cats and dogs. Not only are they full of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, but they’re well-known for helping maintain healthy urinary tracts. Cats are especially prone to urinary-tract infections and can benefit from eating cranberries. If you make your own Cranberry sauce, feel free to share! (Watch out for the store bought kind which is loaded with extra stuff that may harmful).
- Pets love carrots and they are great for their teeth! Dogs can eat them cooked or raw, but for cats make sure they are cooked so they can digest it more easily.
- Green beans are a healthy “anytime” snacks for your dogs.
- Despite being “sweet,” these spuds are actually healthier than regular potatoes because they have a lower glycemic index.
- Corn doesn’t necessarily have any nutritional benefit for dogs to enjoy, but it also won’t harm them, so if you really want to, you can share your corn with your dog (in moderation) on Thanksgiving. Here’s one important caveat: Don’t give a dog corn on the cob. Dogs love to chew on corn cobs like bones, but it may be unsafe. Your dog could accidentally swallow the cob, which can lead to choking or a life-threatening intestinal obstruction.
Some Foods to Avoid:
- Turkey Skin
- Dough and cake batter
- Macadamia Nuts