Thanksgiving Pet Safety in Glendale
At Stetson Hills Animal Hospital, we make it a point to promote Thanksgiving pet safety and sharing food with your pet responsibly. Many pets come to us with upset stomachs and other health issues derived from eating table scraps around the holidays, but we hope to reduce these cases as much as possible. Take a look at the foods listed below to see which ones are safe to give your pet, and which ones you need to keep far out of their reach. If you have any questions for our veterinarians or need to ask us about food that is not mentioned below, let us know!
Foods that are Safe for Your Pet to Eat
These foods are safe for your pet in moderation. Just be careful not to over-indulge them, or make it a habit to feed your pet from the table!
- Turkey, chicken, beef, and other meats – As long as the meat is skinless, boneless, unseasoned and cooked properly, it should be safe for your pet.
- Potatoes – Sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, and any other kind of potato should be safe, granted it’s cooked well and not saturated in butter and seasoning.
- Carrots – Carrots are also acceptable. Dogs can eat cooked or raw carrots, but cats should only be given cooked carrots. Make sure the carrots are cut into small pieces.
- Pumpkin – Plain, 100% pumpkin is safe for pets to eat in moderation.
- Bread – Plain white bread or whole wheat bread is safe in small amounts. Also, make sure the bread doesn’t contain any raisins!
- Brussels sprouts – We’re not sure if your pet would even want to eat these, but if they do, make sure they’re well cooked and unseasoned.
- Broccoli – As long as it’s cooked and has no seasoning or butter, it should be safe.
- Gravy – If the gravy contains no onions or garlic (and most gravies do), then it’s safe.
- Cranberry sauce – While it’s safe in small amounts, we think just a small taste will do. Cranberry sauce often contains lots of sugar, which can upset your pet’s stomach.
- Rice – Whether it’s brown or white, rice is perfectly safe if it’s cooked well and unseasoned.
Foods that are Not Safe for Your Pet
Be sure to keep these foods well out of your pet’s reach:
- Meat bones – It doesn’t matter what kind of bone—any bone can be a choking hazard, or cause internal injury to your pet. Intestinal obstruction may also occur if a bone is swallowed. Chewing on a bone can injure your pet’s mouth or result in a broken tooth (or two).
- Grapes/raisins – Both dogs and cats can be at a serious risk for kidney failure if they ingest grapes or raisins and at times, this can be fatal.
- Garlic and onions – Both are highly toxic to dogs and cats, though garlic has a much higher toxicity for cats than onions. Nevertheless, keep the onions far away from your pet and be mindful of which foods on the table contain garlic and onions. They are no less toxic when combined with other foods!
- Green bean casserole – This popular dish is too rich for pets, and it often contains onions, which should always be off-limits to pets.
- Chocolate – While some types of chocolate (dark chocolate, baking chocolate) are more dangerous than others, we recommend keeping all of the chocolate away from your pet. Caffeine and theobromine, common ingredients in chocolate, are stimulants that our pets can’t metabolize properly, and these can cause heart arrhythmias.
- Pumpkin pie – Plain, 100% pumpkin is safe, but pumpkin pie filling is far too rich for dogs and cats to digest easily.
- Nutmeg – Nutmeg contains myristicin, which raises the heart rate and increases blood pressure, putting pets at risk for seizures.