So you may have fewer guests this year for Thanksgiving. That means you may have more leftovers than usual. This may tempt you to “treat” you animals – specifically your dog. Problem is, what is good for us humans, may be bad for your pets.

A lot of the food we enjoy on Thanksgiving isn't good for pets. Not to mention the possible HUGE vet bill you might incur. So before you even think about giving them some leftovers, here are some things to consider.

In general, avoid anything ingredients, like butter, salt - pretty much anything that’s on your Thanksgiving table. Like?

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Turkey - Specifically after it's been seasoned.  Unseasoned is okay, and white meat is better than dark for your dog. And do NOT give them the skin or the carcass, because the bones can splinter damage their digestive system.

Garlic and onions - Both of these are great for us humans, but too much for your dog can mess with their red blood cell count.  The same goes for chives and scallions.  Stuffing are loaded with both these. Make sure your dog avoids them.

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Raisins & Grapes - Don't rush your dog to the vet if they just eat one and seem fine.  But they both CAN cause kidney failure in dogs, and some types of cats.  So be safe and don't give them any.


Chocolate – A no brainer here. Again, harmless in very small amounts. Best to avoid giving them any at all.

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Baked goods - Too much sugar can cause pancreatitis.  So things like pie and whipped cream aren't good for pets. This includes sugar free options. There's a sugar substitute called xylitol (ZYE-leh-tall) which can make your dog’s blood sugar plummet and cause liver failure.  It tends to happen fast, so be really careful with anything sugar-free.


We love our pets and want to have them around for a long time. Avoid these and you should be fine for the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!


All My Best,

The JimShow

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