Do’s and Don’ts for pets on Thanksgiving

Do’s and Don’ts for pets on Thanksgiving
A dog enjoys some 'human' food. (Source: AP Images)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Thanksgiving is a great time to enjoy with family, friends and our pets (they are family after all). Because we want to enjoy their company for years to come, we have to remember that they cannot eat the same way as we do.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to giving your pets “just a little” of your Thanksgiving feast.


  1. No Turkey Bones (may splinter).
  2. No Turkey Skin (too much fat)
  3. No sausage (too much fat)
  4. No dishes with cheeses (too much fat)
  5. No onions, garlic, mushrooms
  6. No dishes with nutmeg or sage
  7. No grapes, raisins
  8. No gravy
  9. No chocolate
  10. No coffee
  11. No Alcohol

Remember foods high in fat can lead to pancreatitis, so be aware of those.

These foods are fine in *small portions:


  1. Turkey meat without skin and bones
  2. Sweet Potato (plain)
  3. Mashed Potato (plain)
  4. Canned Pumpkin (nothing added to it)
  5. Corn (no cobs)
  6. Steamed Green beans (NOT from green bean casserole)
  7. Carrots

All in all we want you and your furry family members to have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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