Safe Thanksgiving Food For Your Pet

The holiday season is upon us, which means that Thanksgiving will be here before we know it for many of us. While this time of year can be filled with joy and excitement, it also comes with some challenges for pet owners. Our beloved furry family members tend to eat things they shouldn’t when our backs are turned or when there is a big gathering at home. But don’t worry! There are ways to create a safe feast for your pet while still enjoying the company of your loved ones during the holidays. Let’s look at some simple steps you can take to keep everyone happy and healthy this Turkey Day!

  • Sweet potatoes — Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, potassium, fiber, vitamins A, B6, and C, and many other much-needed nutrients. Feed your pet raw or steamed pieces of sweet potato, and skip the marshmallow-covered casserole.
  • Green beans — High in fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, plain green beans are great for pets. Feed your furry pal crunchy raw green beans, or keep a can of unsalted green beans in the fridge for a handy treat.
  • Carrots — Like sweet potatoes, carrots are loaded with beta carotene, vitamins, and fiber, and they’re also a great antioxidant source. Raw carrots make a satisfying crunchy snack, but you can give your pet cooked, unseasoned carrots, too. 
  • Turkey meat — Thanksgiving turkey is a pet’s ultimate dream dish, and while a cooked turkey is safe, there are a few rules to follow. Avoid giving your pet turkey bones, skin, or seasoned meat because these parts can cause gastrointestinal obstructions, internal bleeding, pancreatitis, or toxicity. Stick to small amounts of unseasoned cooked, skinless, boneless turkey breast instead. 
  • Apples — Apples are full of vitamins A and C and contain lots of fiber, making them a healthy treat for your pet. For an easy treat, freeze cubed apples and plain, low-fat yogurt in an ice cube tray. However, avoid giving your pet a piece of apple pie because the spices can upset their stomach.
  • Pumpkin — Raw or cooked pumpkins can be a great, fiber-filled snack for pets, but always use fresh, pure pumpkin, not your leftover jack-o’-lantern or canned pie filling. 

With plenty of tasty options, you can easily create a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast for your pet. But, if they get into your plate or trash can, give our team a call.


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