Thursday, November 24, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey: ASPCA Holiday Tips

What Every Pet Parent Should Know about Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones—human and animal alike. So it makes sense that we’re tempted to fix Fido a plate of all the scrumptious holiday food we’re eating, right? But wait! Put down the serving spoon. Are you sure that’s safe for your pet?

Ten Thanksgiving dangers. Some foods are totally off-limits to our furry pals (and there’s a full list of them at Ten of them are especially common around the holidays. Just say no to:


candy with xylitol
bread dough
batter with raw eggs
onions and garlic
macadamia nuts
raisins and grapes
rich or spicy foods

Let’s talk turkey.
Good news for Fido! ASPCA experts say a little bite of plain turkey is usually safe for pets. If you decide to share, remember: Only boneless, well-cooked turkey is OK.

The feeding of raw turkey or other uncooked meat could potentially cause problems for dogs, Calleen, especially if the meat is contaminated with harmful parasites or bacteria, such as certain strains of E. coli or Salmonella. If you would like to add additional meat or other protein to your dog's diet, we suggest talking with your regular veterinarian in order to determine the most appropriate nutritional program for your pet.

Giving your pet for chewing is not OK.

Don’t overdo it. Lots of us overindulge at the Thanksgiving table, but when our pets do, it can be a real problem. It’s best to keep pets on their normal diets during the holidays, but if you do decide to share your holiday spread, make it just a taste. Eating too much can give your dog diarrhea, upset stomach, or even pancreatitis.

Play it safe. If your dog or cat consumes any potentially harmful foods or products, please consult your veterinarian, or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or

For more tips, visit the ASPCA Thanksgiving safety page.

1 comment:

  1. My dog just jumps for the treat. she doesnt like it when i put even little pressure on her back as i move the treat over her nose. any suggestions?
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