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Can I Share Dinner with my Pets this Thanksgiving?

While it's natural to want to share the joy of a holiday meal with your pets, it's important to be cautious about what foods you offer them, as some common Thanksgiving foods can be harmful to dogs and cats. Here are some safe options:

Safe Thanksgiving Foods for Dogs:

  1. Turkey: Plain, cooked turkey without any seasoning or bones is generally safe for dogs.

  2. Sweet Potatoes: Plain, cooked sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins and fiber.

  3. Green Beans: Fresh or cooked plain green beans can be a healthy treat.

  4. Cranberries: Fresh cranberries in moderation are safe for dogs. Cranberry sauce, however, is often high in sugar and may contain other ingredients that can be harmful, so it's best to avoid sharing it.

Safe Thanksgiving Foods for Cats:

  1. Turkey: Similar to dogs, plain, cooked turkey without seasoning or bones is safe for cats.

  2. Plain Pumpkin: Plain, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) can be a good source of fiber for cats.

  3. Cooked Green Beans: Fresh or cooked plain green beans can be a healthy addition to a cat's diet.

  4. Small Amounts of Cooked Carrots: Some cats may enjoy small amounts of cooked carrots.

Foods to Avoid for Both Dogs and Cats:

  1. Bones: Avoid giving your pets turkey bones, as they can splinter and cause internal damage.

  2. Seasonings and Spices: Onions, garlic, and certain herbs and spices commonly used in Thanksgiving dishes can be toxic to pets.

  3. Fatty Foods: High-fat foods like turkey skin and gravy can cause digestive issues like pancreatitis.

  4. Desserts and Sweets: Chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and desserts high in sugar are toxic to pets.

Always introduce new foods in small amounts to ensure your pet's digestive system can handle them. If you're unsure about whether a specific food is safe for your pet, it's best to consult with your veterinarian. Keep in mind that individual pets may have different tolerances, so what's safe for one may not be for another. Additionally, consider the specific dietary needs and health conditions of your pet before offering them any human food. #petfood #thanksgivingwithdogs #thanksgivingwithcats

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