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What Food Can Your Pet Have At Thanksgiving?

Offering your dog or cat part of your Thanksgiving feast may sound like a lot of fun, but there are some options that should stay off the menu. What Thanksgiving foods can dogs eat? Can cats eat cooked turkey? Read our top tips for a pet-friendly Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving is all about coming together to share gratitude—and heaps of tasty food. So it makes sense that we would want to include our pets in the celebration. After all, our furry friends give us so much to be grateful for everyday.

Plus, they LOVE eating ‘people’ food.

Thanksgiving and pets may sound like a match made over the rainbow bridge, but the unfortunate truth is that many of the traditional dishes cooked for Thanksgiving are anything but safe for dogs and cats. What Thanksgiving food can dogs eat? Can cats eat turkey? What is the best Thanksgiving food for dogs?

To help express our appreciation for the Fidos and Fluffys in our lives, we’ve put together a list of the Thanksgiving foods that are safe for dogs and cats—and what Thanksgiving food is dangerous.

Dangerous Thanksgiving Foods For Dogs and Cats

It’s hard to say ‘no’ when your dog gives you ‘the look’—you know, the one where they stare at you all innocent, begging for just a sniff of what’s on your plate. However, part of our job as Pet Lovers is to take care of our pets’ needs—and that includes their diet. Take a look at some of these traditional Thanksgiving foods that are dangerous for dogs and cats to eat.

Turkey twine Turkey skin Bones Fat trimmings Dark meat Gravy Sides Stuffing Nuts Mushrooms Bread dough Cheese (for cats) Seasonings Sage Onion Garlic Nutmeg Corn syrup Butter Fruit Raisins Grapes Vegetables Corn on the cob Candied yams Mashed potatoes (for cats) Desserts & Treats Chocolate Alcohol

Safe Thanksgiving Foods for Dogs and Cats

Despite the potential dangers of Thanksgiving food, there are still plenty of safe dishes cats and dogs can eat while you celebrate. That being said, it’s important to help your pets maintain a healthy weight and digestive system. Human food is only good in moderation—otherwise, stick to kibble, and contact your veterinarian if you have any questions about food safety for your dog or cat.

White, boneless, cooked turkey meat Sides Cheese (for dogs) Fruit Plain pumpkin Cranberries (cranberry sauce is okay as long as there is no corn syrup) Apples and applesauce Vegetables Sweet Potatoes Green Beans Carrots Mashed potatoes (for dogs)

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