Happy Thanksgiving!

I don’t know about your household, but in mine I can almost Miles and Paisley the dogsguarantee my pets will be begging for food during Thanksgiving. Table scraps that consist of lean protein and fresh veggies are great. But also know about the hidden dangers in holiday fare.

Turkey is fine as long as you remove any excess skin or fat. White meat is preferable to dark and make certain there are no bones for them to choke on. Potatoes are also fine to give to your pets. But if your potatoes contain a boatload of cheese, sour cream, butter, onions or gravies, it’s best to refrain. Green beans are pretty healthy. If your pet likes them, feel free to share. Again, it’s better to give them the beans before you load them up with butter and salt.

Stay away from food, which contain ingredients like onions, garlic, leeks or scallions. Small, well-cooked portions can be okay, particularly if your pet is used to it. But ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia.

Although some experts say that cranberry sauce is fine for pets, I’m reluctant to recommend it. Most cranberry sauce has a ton of sugar in it (unless you make it from scratch). If you do give your pets some cranberry sauce, it’s probably best to only give them a very small portion.

Anything with artificial sweeteners is an automatic no. Particularly, sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs.

Stay away from Mac and Cheese. Plain macaroni is safe to give. It’s the cheese, milk and other ingredients that can cause your pets to have an upset stomach.

Chocolate is also off limits. Make sure you keep the chocolate far away so it’s not accidentally ingested.

And please, don’t give alcohol to your pets. It’s not funny and can be very harmful to their health.

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