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Thanksgiving Treats That Are Safe for Pets

November 15, 2016

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Our furry companions are definitely something to be grateful for. As you start to make preparations for your Turkey Day feast, your pet will no doubt be right there with you. After all, Fido and Fluffy are important parts of the family! While it’s fine to indulge your four-legged pal with a special meal, you do want to be careful with what you offer them, as many people foods are toxic to dogs and cats. Here, a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some Turkey Day treats that are safe for pets.


Feel free to share some of that delicious turkey, chicken, or fish, with your pet. Meat is also fine, though you don’t want to overindulge your furry companion with fatty meats, like bacon or sausage. Before giving your little buddy any meat, fish, or poultry, always remove the bones, skin, and fat. You also want to hold the gravy: it’s too rich for dogs and cats. Offer Fluffy or Fido some sodium-free beef or chicken broth instead.

Certain Veggies

Fido and Fluffy can enjoy some cooked sweet or plain potatoes; green beans; carrots; peas; pumpkin; or squash. Just be sure to give your four-legged buddy their veggies plain, without any spices, gravies, or butter.

Deli Meat

Shredded deli meat is also safe for pets, and can make a great treat! Offer Fido or Fluffy a bit of plain meat.

Homemade Treats

You can find lots of recipes for great homemade pet treats online. These also make wonderful gifts for friends and family members with furry pals of their own! Just be sure to use only ingredients that are safe for dogs and cats. Plain yogurt, natural peanut butter, shredded cheese, cooked meats, and pureed pumpkin are a few good options.

Foods To Avoid

Many holiday foods are very dangerous to our furry friends. Never give your pet meat on the bone. Cooked bones can fracture into dangerous shards, which can seriously injure your pet! Some other foods to keep away from Fido and Fluffy include grapes, currants, and raisins; garlic and onions; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; raw dough, meat, or eggs; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Enjoy your holiday! Please feel free to contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, anytime. We are always here to help!

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