Pet-friendly Thanksgiving foods.

Our pets are our family, and it’s hard to forget they can’t necessarily enjoy the same foods we can from the Thanksgiving table. Before accidentally sharing some toxic Thanksgiving foods for pets, take a look at our list of safe holiday foods for your furry friends:

On the Table: Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Foods 

Thankfully, many of the traditional Thanksgiving foods we enjoy are safe to share with our cats and dogs.

Many Thanksgiving staples are perfectly safe to feed to your pets…with a few stipulations. Make sure you are not feeding your pets table scraps that are full of fat, butter, sugar, or seasoning. As long as they meet these parameters, these foods are safe:

  • Turkey (as long as it’s fully cooked and de-boned)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Cranberry sauce

Off the Table: Unsafe Thanksgiving Foods for Your Pet

This list of foods should never make their way into your pet’s mouth:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Scallions
  • Sage (toxic to cats)
  • Alcohol (even when added to desserts)

Make sure your guests also understand that these Thanksgiving foods are toxic to pets. Alternatively, while some desserts can be safe for pets (pumpkin pie, for instance), it is important to keep all foods sweetened with Xylitol away from pets, as it is poisonous to cats and potentially fatal to dogs. Too much sugar or dairy can also be dangerous and should be avoided.

Animals are also at risk of developing foodborne illnesses brought on by eating raw or undercooked meats, poultry, fish, or eggs. Uncooked bread dough should not be fed to pets either, as yeast can rise in your pet’s stomach.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Naperville Animal Hospital!