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Holidays and Pets: What’s Safe for Animals to Eat During Holiday Meals

Pets are often included in our holiday celebrations and treated as members of the family. It is important to remember however that they have their own dietary needs that differ from ours. Around Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays, keep in mind what is safe for your pets to have and what to avoid.

What Foods Pets/Dogs CAN’T EAT:

  • Ham
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Raw Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Raw Dough
  • Canned Cranberries
  • Pre-made Desserts
  • Pie Filling
  • Stuffing
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Artificial Sweeteners/Xylitol (check peanut butter and other diet foods)
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Milk/Ice Cream
  • Avocados

What Foods Pets/Dogs CAN Enjoy:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Corn (no cob)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Apples (no core or seeds)
  • Pumpkin
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Cheese (small amounts)
  • Turkey (no skin, fat or bones)

Any allowed foods should be enjoyed in moderation and given with discretion. If you are unsure, consult your veterinarian.

If you suspect your pet has had a dangerous food or substance, call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661.

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