Thanksgiving foods to avoid giving to pets

The Animal Humane Society has shared its advice on keeping pets safe this Thanksgiving.
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The Animal Humane Society shared its list of foods that should be kept out of reach to keep pets safe this Thanksgiving.

Common foods enjoyed during the holidays, including turkey, can be dangerous to dogs and cats. And other popular foods and seasonings can also lead to health problems.

Instead, the Animal Humane Society recommends looking at foods specifically made for pets. Raw pumpkin and sweet potato (without seasoning) makes a good substitute. The American Kennel Club also recommends apples and green beans for dogs. 

Here is what to look out for this holiday and year round:

  • While dogs and cats may enjoy a bit of turkey, turkey skins and pieces that are seasoned can cause health problems. The high fat content can cause pancreatitis, while the seasoning can cause digestive issues.
  • Cooked turkey bones can pose a choking hazard.
  • Chocolate is poisonous for dogs and cats, as well as the artificial sweetener xylitol.
  • Garlic, onions and chives can cause stomach problems.
  • Nuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Salty foods can lead to excess thirst and sodium poisoning. 

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