Which foods are unsafe to feed pets on Thanksgiving?


Joseph Bratcher (R) and his dog, Wally, receive a Thanksgiving holiday meal provided for Occupy DC demonstrators from volunteers at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, November 23, 2011. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

(WHNT) — While enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, it’s tough not to share table scraps with our four-footed family members. But some traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be dangerous for dogs and cats.

According to an American Kennel Club report, veterinarians tend to see an increase in patients on Thanksgiving due to dogs and cats being fed unsafe human foods, which can be unhealthy or even toxic.

While some holiday food is actually OK for pets if given correctly, some can be quite hazardous. Bones are particularly tempting because they seem like a no-brainer for dogs especially.

However, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping turkey bones away from your animals as they can cause damage to your pet’s digestive tract.

Here are some foods that are safe and unsafe for your furry friends:

What is safe?

  • Sweet potatoes with no added ingredients
  • Potatoes, only boiled or baked with no butter, sour cream, salt or pepper
  • Apples, but without the core or any seeds
  • Turkey meat with no bones, skin or fat
  • Green beans with no added ingredients
  • Plain peas are OK, but creamed peas should be avoided
  • Pumpkin, but not the pre-spiced pie mix
  • Dessert (such as frozen yogurt) is an option, but none with artificial sweeteners like xylitol
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN (Episode 113): Puppies dressed as Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26, 2009. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank)

What is unsafe?

If your pet gets into something it shouldn’t, seek help right away. In the event of an emergency, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your local after-hours vet.

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