ASPCA Releases “Thanksgiving Tips” To Let Your Furry Friend Indulge Safely

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Sometimes you just want to give your dog or cat a nice holiday treat, but you don’t know how that potato casserole will affect them.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has published helpful suggestions to make sure your pets can enjoy tasty treats on Thanksgiving without posing a threat to their health.

Obviously, these are meant to be taken in moderation. The ASPCA notes that you shouldn’t allow your pets to “overindulge” or you may have to deal with your animal having an upset stomach, diarrhea or worse.

In fact, it’s best to keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays. But if you want to get your animal involved with the holiday treats, here is what was deemed safe for your pet to eat this Thanksgiving.


Turkey: Make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria. Also, do not give your pet the leftover turkey carcass -- the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.

Mashed potatoes and gravy: You should be safe drizzling a little gravy over your pet's' food; it’s a great way to give them something special on the holiday, according to the ASPCA. If you want to share your potatoes or sweet potatoes, it's safe to give them a little of that, too.

Green beans: Vegetables tend to be safe, and green beans are no exception. Just be aware of what the veggies were seasoned with.

Pumpkin pie: Surprisingly safe, because pumpkin is safe for dogs and cats. You can give pets a lick of pumpkin pie, according to the ASPCA, but not too much. Too much dairy may upset your furry friends stomach.


No Bread Dough: Raw yeast bread dough could be bad for your pet. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. “This can result in bloated, drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization,” the ASPCA said.

No Batter: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets away from the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs which could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Pecan pie: Nuts, including pecans, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.

Chocolate: Rarely healthy for pets, it’s best to just keep this away. Chocolate, like coffee, contains methylxanthines, which can cause a host of health problems in pets and can be potentially deadly.

If your pet ingests unsafe food, call a veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline immediately.

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