Thanksgiving isn't just about giving thanks—it's also about eating!
Your pet can be included in your tummy-filling feast, but be careful he or she doesn't eat something that could be harmful, such as sweets. We see a significant spike in claims for chocolate/candy ingestion during the holiday season.*
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Foods to Avoid
Never offer your pet raw or undercooked turkey, onions, garlic, fatty foods or real bones, which can splinter and cause choking or injury. Raisins, chocolate, and desserts or candy sweetened with Xylitol are also toxic for pets. See why chocolate is so dangerous for pets.
Foods to Enjoy
Serve your pet a healthy Thanksgiving dinner with bits of white turkey without the skin. Small pieces of raw carrots, cut up green beans and mashed sweet potatoes with no butter or salt are also safe options for your pet. Get the full list safe fruits and veggies you can add to your pet’s holiday plate.
Simple Homemade Treats
While you’re cooking your Thanksgiving sides, whip up a batch of homemade cat snacks or tasty dog treats. These pet recipes are easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. If you don’t have time, pick up a special treat at the store. Just don’t go overboard, since too many treats can lead to stomach upset or obesity.
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Reminder: Treats such as these should not make up more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake.
* Source: Internal Claims Data, 2009-14