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What foods are not safe to feed your pets on Thanksgiving?

from: Jess Grotjahn, Nexstar Media Wire

Published: November 24, 2022 / 06:32 PST

Updated: November 24, 2022 / 06:32 PST

(WHNT) — While enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner, it’s hard not to share the table scraps with our four-legged family members. But some traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be dangerous for dogs and cats.

According to report of the American Kennel Clubvets tend to see an increase in patients around Thanksgiving due to dogs and cats being fed unsafe human food, which can be unhealthy or even toxic.

While some holiday foods are actually fine for pets if given correctly, some can be quite dangerous. Bones are especially tempting because they look unimaginable, especially to dogs.

However, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping turkey bones away from animals because they can damage your pet’s digestive tract.

Here are some foods that are safe and unsafe for your furry friends:

What is certain?

  • Sweet potatoes without additives
  • Potatoes, only boiled or baked without butter, cream, salt or pepper
  • Apples, but without core or seeds
  • Turkey meat without bones, skin and fat
  • Legumes without additional ingredients
  • Plain peas are fine, but creamed peas should be avoided
  • Pumpkin, but not pre-seasoned pie mix
  • Dessert (such as frozen yogurt) is an option, but without artificial sweeteners like xylitol
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN (Episode 113): Puppies Dressed as Thanksgiving Dinner November 26, 2009 (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank)

What is unsafe?

If your pet gets into something they shouldn’t, get help right away. In case of emergency, please contact ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your local veterinarian after hours.

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