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Foods to avoid giving to pets on Thanksgiving

Posted at 11:26 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 02:26:45-05

With thanksgiving just days away we might want to give some of those leftovers to our dogs.


A large thanksgiving feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for our pets.

We love to spoil our dogs with table scraps thinking the food will do no harm to them.

 Julie Johnson with Bakersfield SPCA, says thanksgiving isn’t the time to share with your 4-legged friend.


“There are a lot of things that people think are so good for them why not give a little bit too fluffy right off the thanksgiving table. But actually there are a lot of scraps and other treats that you should not be giving your animals on thanksgiving,” says Johnson.


SPCA says keep your pets away from:


  • Mashed potatoes, cranberries
  • Pumpkin pie filling
  • Turkey with skin or bones
  • Sweet treats like cookies
  • Corn on the Cobb
  • Chocolate
  •  Foods with seasonings

Foods that are loaded with sugar are extremely harmful to pets.


“Things you really want to stay away from are anything that might have Xylitol in it which is artificial sweetener. Make sure that they don’t have any access to chocolate or any other incredibly sweet treats around Thanksgiving,” said Johnson.


There are a few items that are safe for your pets to eat.


They include pure pumpkin and sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, and some parts of the bird.


If your pets get ahold of ANY of these foods and start to act differently, make sure you contact your vet immediately.