Holiday food tips for pets

Holiday feasting with pets made simple.

The holidays are right around the corner and we encourage pet caretakers to keep these tips in mind when it comes to their pets and the holiday feasts!

  • Avoid feeding your pet scraps from your
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    holiday meal as many contain ingredients that can be harmful to your pet.

  • If you give your pet turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked.
  • It can be life-threatening for your pet to eat raw bread dough. Also keep your pet away from Thanksgiving or Christmas desserts containing chocolate or raw eggs.
  • Your pet can enjoy mashed potatoes as long as they don’t contain cheese, sour cream, onions, butter or gravy.
  • We also encourage pet owners to be mindful of the fat/seasoning content of the food they give their pets. Foods high in fats have been known to cause pancreatitis and other health concerns in pets.
  • The best thing for your pet is to provide them with a comfy, quiet space away from the holiday hustle and bustle and give them some pet-friendly thanksgiving treats to make the day special for them as well. Examples include:
    • Turkey-based canned dog/cat food
    • Turkey jerky treats
    • Plain pumpkin puree, but not pumpkin pie
    • Plain green beans, but not green bean casserole
    • Plain baked sweet potatoes, but not candied yams

Until next time, be well and happy holidays!


  1. My cat won’t be getting a single thing from our festive dinner – is that really unfair/mean? He has a whole host of health problems & it’s just easier to give him 1 food so that we know any flare-ups can’t possibly be food-related. Hope your gang have a fabulous festive season!