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6 Thanksgiving Treats You Can Share with Your Pets!

Reviewed by Dr. Celeste Clements, DVM, DACVIM on Friday, October 16, 2015
Posted October 21, 2014 in Dog Diet & Nutrition

As Thanksgiving approaches, accidental poisonings often occur in dogs (and less commonly cats) – that’s because they often get into the delectable human foods while table or counter-surfing! To be safe, make sure to keep your dog crated or your cat locked out of the kitchen while you’re preparing your Thanksgiving feast. More importantly, satiate your dog or cat with non-toxic treats. Of course, not all Thanksgiving foods are dangerous. And it’s a holiday for your pets too, right? With that in mind, here are 6 safe treats you can give your dog or cat this Thanksgiving.

1. Turkey breast

As long as your dog or cat doesn’t have any food allergies, it’s safe to feed a small amount of turkey breast. Ideally, we want to avoid any fatty snacks (such as trimmings, turkey skin, gravy, etc.), as this can over-stimulate and inflame the pancreas, resulting in life-threatening pancreatitis. Keep in mind that certain breeds such as Miniature Schnauzers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Shetland Sheepdogs are especially predisposed to pancreatitis, so meat snacks are a big no-no in these three breeds. Also a big no-no for any breed—bones. Bones are sharp and can result in an esophageal foreign bodygastrointestinal upset, or rarely, a foreign body obstruction! More importantly, keep that darn piece of yarn/string that is wrapped around the turkey out of reach – this is often accidentally ingested by dogs and cats directly from the garbage, and can result in a life-threatening linear foreign body obstructionwhen ingested.

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Justine has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist as well as the CEO and founder of Vetgirl. She is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.