Thanksgiving Foods That Are Safe for Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As you prepare for the big day, don’t forget about your pet. Fluffy and Fido also love a special treat now and then. Unfortunately, many of those delicious holiday meals are toxic to our animal companions, so you’ll want to be very careful with what you offer your little buddy. Below, a Riverside County, CA vet lists some holiday foods that are safe for pets.

Meat, Fish, and Poultry

Feel free to share some of that delicious main dish with your pet. Turkey, chicken, steak, beef, and fish all make great treats for pets. Just be sure to only offer your furry buddy plain, cooked meat, with the bones, skin, and fat removed. Canned fish or chicken in water is also safe.


Many veggies are safe for Fluffy and Fido. Some good options are cooked, plain potatoes; carrots; green beans; peas; pumpkin; and squash. Your furry pal can also enjoy certain fruits, such as bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.


Gravy may seem like a good treat, but it’s actually very rich, and can give your furry friend an upset tummy. Plus, it could contain spices and seasonings that are dangerous to pets. Offer your dog or cat sodium-free broth instead.

Homemade Treats

Why not make some homemade treats for your furry companion? To make Fluffy a special snack, try mixing undrained tuna in water with plain yogurt and parsley. Divide the mixture into small portions, and then cook at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. Fido may enjoy cookies that contain shredded beef, broth, organic baby food, and plain yogurt. You can customize your pet’s treats by adding bacon bits, cheese, peanut butter, pureed pumpkin or squash, ripe bananas, or bacon fat. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Dangerous Foods

Never give your pet chocolate; nuts; caffeine; alcohol; pitted fruits; raw dough, meat, or eggs; and products containing xylitol. Garlic, onion, scallions, and chives are also on the no-no list, and are a particular concern because they are often used as seasoning on foods that would otherwise be safe. Ask your vet for more information.

Other Pets

If you have a bird, bunny, or other small animal, ask your vet for recommendations. These little guys all have their own nutritional needs.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Riverside County, CA animal hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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