Foods you should avoid feeding your pets this holiday season


If you have pets, they are probably considered part of your family, especially during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean they should get part of your Thanksgiving dinner.

FOX21 spoke with a local veterinarian who tells us what you can and shouldn’t feed your pets this holiday season.

Dr. Heather Matz of Animal ER Care said to mainly stick to their regular animal food, but a good treat would be some plain white meat turkey with no skin. 

The main thing Matz said she sees in the ER on Thanksgiving is dogs who get in fights with other family members’ dogs, or dogs who swallow bones or eat fatty foods. 

“But other things they should avoid, stuffing, just because of onions, onion powder, garlic powder, anything like that is going to be dangerous for them,” Matz said.

Overall, “Just avoid the fatty stuff,” Matz said. “I know you want to spoil them and give them something tasty like what you’re eating, but they’ll probably like any type of treat. It doesn’t need to be human food, so just avoid human foods on Thanksgiving.”

Tap here for a printable list of foods to avoid feeding your pets

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