Thanksgiving Foods that are Harmful to Pets
It’s tempting to give your pets whatever makes them happy, but certain foods on your Thanksgiving menu should not be shared with your pet.
While you’re giving thanks and celebrating the season, it may be tempting to share a little of your meal with your beloved furry family members. However, some common holiday foods can actually be harmful to pets and should not be used to indulge them. Thankfully, we have pet food and treats that are just as exciting for pets, and hands-down healthier.
Here is a list of commonly fed Thanksgiving food items that pets should pass on this holiday, and healthier alternatives they’ll thank you for.
That wishbone will not bring good luck to your pet! Cooked bones can easily break and cause cuts or blockages.
Too much fat and salt isn’t good for anyone, and it can really do a number (2, lots of 2) on your pet’s digestive tract.
Slice of Ham
While it’s high in protein, it’s also high in salt, and may contain artificial preservatives or other additives.
Heard of good fats? These aren’t one of them. Fat trimmed from meat is full of, you guessed it, fat and calories, and it can lead to pancreatitis.
Bread isn’t harmful to pets, but it isn’t healthy either. The real culprit in this one? The onions and garlic, which are toxic to cats and dogs.
Pumpkin pie, whipped cream, candied sweet potatoes…too much sugar and dairy can upset your pet’s stomach and cause a calorie overload.
There are other common Thanksgiving foods that you probably wouldn’t treat your pet to, but could be dangerous if your pet accidentally ingested them. For example, if you’re making homemade rolls, be very careful that your dog or cat doesn’t eat some of the raw dough, because the yeast can cause life-threatening bloat and alcohol poisoning. And, speaking of alcohol, be sure to keep alcoholic and caffeinated beverages safely out of their reach as well.
Have a healthy and happy holiday from all of us at Tiki Pets®!