Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means long hours of food preparation, decorating and of course, eating all of your favorite foods. In the midst of all the Thanksgiving festivities, it is important to remember that it is a holiday for your furry little friend too! It’s okay to share your delicious spread with your dog or cat, but just be mindful of the foods that can harm their digestive system.
Here are some safe treats you can give your dog or cat this Thanksgiving:
- Turkey breast: It is safe to feed your pet a small amount of turkey breast, however, be sure to avoid trimmings, turkey skin and gravy. These can cause inflammation in the pancreas and lead to severe pancreatitis. And always stay away from feeding them bones! They are too sharp for your pet’s stomach and can cause gastrointestinal upset or an obstruction.
- Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, green beans and sweet potatoes are excellent treats for dogs. These low-calorie, high-fiber snacks are filling and nutritious as long as they are not covered in sauces or gravy.
- Bread: There is no harm in feeding your dog a small piece of bread, as long as it is fully cooked through. Raw dough can lead to serious stomach problems for your dog. The yeast and sugar can cause carbon dioxide and ethanol formation and result in secondary hypoglycemia, bloating and alcohol poisoning.
- Salmon: Serving grilled salmon as part of your five-course meal? Feel free to share a small amount of this healthy treat with your cat or dog. Salmon can boost their immune system and improve their skin and coat health.
- Cheese: Most dogs and cats are lactose intolerant, but lucky for them, there is only a small amount in cheese, so it is okay to share.
- Turkey stuffing: As long as it has no onions, garlic or raisins/currants, a small amount of turkey stuffing is safe. Raisins or currants can cause acute kidney injury if consumed.