Thanksgiving Pet Treats – OR NOT?

If your pets are like most pets, they sit under the table waiting for just a morsel to drop from the dinner table.  Not to worry, you still have a couple of weeks to work on that “place” command.  You know the one!  My Dad used to say the word “box” and his dog headed straight to her bed and patiently waited for us to finish dinner.

Just in case you aren’t able to get to that part of the training, here are some foods to avoid giving your pups this Holiday season so you won’t end up at the emergency vet.

Turkey Bones, Skin, and Gravy

White turkey meat is ok to share with our furry family members, but never give them bones.  They can be a choking hazard and could harm their intestines.  Gravy and skin are usually high in salt and fat, so those are also good to avoid.

Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Chives

All of these are in the Allium family, causing toxic anemia in dogs and cats.  Not to mention really bad gas, too!

We all know Chocolate is bad for your pets, but did you know Coffee is too?

Small amounts of either one of these can cause vomiting and diarrhea for your dog, but higher amounts can be fatal.  Make sure you keep all the goodies off your coffee table where your pups can get into trouble.

Candied Yams and Mashed Potatoes

Depending on how they are prepared, yams and potatoes are generally ok for your pets, but if you add too much sugar, salt, and fat, they can make your dog ill.


Never, Never, Never, give your pets alcohol as they are at a greater risk of alcohol poisoning. 


This popular pumpkin pie spice is toxic in large doses.  Even small amounts could make you pet sick..


Most nuts including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats.  These fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

If your pet does get into trouble, quick action on your part might save their life.  Immediately contact the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline:  888-426-4435 or your local veterinarian.

Best wishes for a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to your family from ours at Pet Evac Pak.

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2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Pet Treats – OR NOT?

  1. Sage in dressing is really bad for pets. Many end up at emergency vets after holidays due to that spice. Also pets that have to avoid animal purines sometimes we feel sorry & want to give them a treat during holidays. But turkey is one of highest so should be avoided if your pet has this problem. My dog gets kidney stones so has to avoid it for sure. Love this article. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks Misti, for your comments. According to the ASPCA Sage is considered non-toxic for dogs, but we agree too much of any spice can be a hazard to your pet, especially if they are not use to it.

      That’s a good point on the Purine! If your pet has allergies or food sensitivities you want to make sure to avoid those as well. While Purines are organic compounds that are not always harmful. It’s normal for humans and pets to contain some purines all the time. But like my husband who has gout, he needs to follow the same low-purine diet as pets who can form kidney stones. Turkey is very high in Purine.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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