(WHNT) — While enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, it’s tough not to share table scraps with our four-footed family members. But some traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be dangerous for dogs and cats.
According to an American Kennel Club report, veterinarians tend to see more patients on Thanksgiving due to dogs and cats being fed unsafe human foods, which can be unhealthy or even toxic.
While some holiday food is actually OK for pets if given correctly, some can be quite hazardous. Bones are particularly tempting because they seem like a no-brainer for dogs especially.
However, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping turkey bones away from your animals as they can cause damage to your pet’s digestive tract.
Here are some foods that are safe and unsafe for your furry friends:
What is safe?
Sweet potatoes with no added ingredientsPotatoes, only boiled or baked with no butter, sour cream, salt or pepperApples, but without the core or any seedsTurkey meat with no bones, skin or fatGreen beans with no added ingredientsPlain peas are OK, but creamed peas should be avoidedPumpkin, but not the pre-spiced pie mixDessert (such as frozen yogurt) is an option, but none with artificial sweeteners like xylitol
What is unsafe?
Turkey bones, skin, and gravyStuffingCasserolesMashed potatoesCreamed peasChocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets (especially anything containing xylitol)Alcoholic beveragesRaisins and grapesOnions, scallions and garlicHamYeast doughFatty foodsFoods containing spices
If your pet gets into something it shouldn’t, seek help right away. In the event of an emergency, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your local after-hours vet.