Thanksgiving Foods That May Be Dangerous For Your Pets

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s centered around family and food. While our furry family members want to join in the feast, many Thanksgiving foods can be dangerous for pets.  So put down that turkey leg! Here are some tips to keep your pet safe on Thanksgiving.

Keep your pet away from these dangerous festive foods:

  • Turkey. Turkey meat is a no no, especially fatty dark meat and skin (a small amount of unseasoned white meat is okay), but never give them any leftover bones. Bones a choking hazard, and they can splinter inside your pet’s digestive tract and cause a trip to the emergency vet.
  • Garlic, onion, leeks, and chives. These common seasonings are in many Thanksgiving dishes and are toxic to dogs and cats – they can cause destruction of their red blood cells.
  • Raw dough containing yeast. Unbaked yeast dough can cause a stomach blockage if eaten because the yeast can cause expansion. Natural fermentation of the yeast in your pet’s stomach can cause alcohol poisoning.
  • Desserts. Desserts like pies, fruitcakes, or cookies should be kept out of your pet’s reach as well. Many people know that chocolate is toxic for dogs and cats, but so are raisins, currants, and the popular sugar-substitute xylitol. Xylitol, even in small amounts, is toxic to dogs, so keep that slice of keto-friendly/diabetic-friendly/sugar-free pie to yourself.

Keep an eye on your trash, as many dogs (and even cats) like to root around for the yummy treasures. And ask family and guests to not feed the pets.

Feed them pet-friendly food options instead.

While this list is overwhelming, there are a few great options for some pet-friendly Thanksgiving treats. Raw fruits and vegetables like baby carrots, green beans, apples, chunks of sweet potato, or pumpkin puree (not the sweetened, spiced pie filling) are great options.  Be sure these foods are not seasoned.

Also, keep an eye on the doors as guests come and go.  Your little buddies may try and escape.

By practicing these Thanksgiving pet safety tips, you and your pet can enjoy a safe and happy holiday.  While we hope that you don’t need us this holiday season, we are always available for your best friends at our three locations for Little Rock Vets.

Bellevue Animal Clinic, Maumelle Animal Clinic, and Treasure Hill Pet Hospital