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Thanksgiving foods that are safe to share with your pets

Pet-safe Thanksgiving foods.

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us eagerly anticipate the festive feast that awaits. It’s only natural to want to include our furry family members in the celebration. However, not all Thanksgiving foods are safe for pets, and it’s essential to be aware of what’s okay to share. Here are some pet-friendly Thanksgiving treats that will allow your four-legged friends to join in on the holiday fun without compromising their health.


Turkey is a staple of Thanksgiving dinner, and luckily, it can be a safe and delicious treat for your pets. Make sure the turkey is boneless, well-cooked and free from any seasoning, especially garlic and onions, which can be harmful to animals. Remove the skin, as it may contain excess fat and seasonings that could upset your pet’s stomach.

Plain Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a nutritious and tasty option for pets. These orange veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy addition to your pet’s Thanksgiving meal. Ensure they are plain and free from butter, marshmallows or any added sugars, as these can be harmful to pets.


Plain, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is a great addition to your pet’s Thanksgiving menu. It’s rich in fiber and can aid in digestion. Add a spoonful to your pet’s regular food or serve it as a standalone treat. Pumpkin also provides a festive touch to your pet’s plate.

Green Beans

Fresh or lightly steamed green beans are a safe and healthy option for pets. They are low in calories and a good source of vitamins. Avoid using green bean casseroles that may contain ingredients like onions, garlic or excessive seasonings. Try to steer clear of canned green beans as well, as they can often contain high levels of sodium which is unhealthy for your pet.

Plain Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes can be shared with your pets if they are plain and free from butter, milk, salt and other seasonings. Potatoes themselves are safe for pets in moderation, but it’s crucial to avoid additives that can be harmful.


Fresh cranberries or plain cranberry sauce in moderation can be a safe and festive treat for your pets. However, avoid sugary or artificial sweeteners, as they can be harmful. Ensure that the cranberry sauce is free from grapes or raisins, which are toxic to many animals.

Remember to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns or if your pet has specific dietary restrictions. All of the foods mentioned above should be given to your pets in moderation and avoided if your pet has a sensitive stomach.

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