Turkey, ham, goose, oh my! During the holidays, we generally see an increase in large meals with festive treats. Your pet is a part of the family, and this may be the one time of year that you let them indulge in table scraps. Especially when they look up at you with those sad, “feed me” eyes. We don’t blame you, we do it, too. However, you can include your pets and also make sure you’re not harming them with unhealthy or even risky foods.

5 Table Scraps That Are Safe to Share with Your Pets

  1. Turkey – We see turkey products in dog food all the time, so yes! You can share it with your pets. However, some of our seasonings and curing might upset your pets’ stomachs. So make sure you’re only sharing small pieces of skinless, unseasoned turkey.
  2. Carrots – These vegetables and nutritional, and also okay for your pets! Giving your pets raw carrots chopped into manageable bites will be a sweet and healthy treat for them.
  3. Green beans – Another healthy vegetable that is consumable for your pets. If you can’t serve fresh green beans, frozen are preferable to canned. They contain much less sodium.
  4. Yams/Sweet Potatoes – Wouldn’t you know that these sweet veggies are a nutritional boost for your pets. They are a source of vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as iron and potassium. Again, you can serve these unseasoned in manageable bites, even after they’ve been cooked.
  5. Cranberry Sauce – A beloved addition to any holiday feast is the cranberries. Whether you’re serving fresh cranberries or sauce from a can, these are both safe for your pets. Remember to serve in small portions as well, too many new foods can cause and upset tummy.

Foods to Avoid When Letting Your Pets in on the Holiday Dinner

While ham does seem like the perfect treat, you should steer clear of it. Pork products can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and pancreatitis. There are other foods that you should never give to your pets. Some foods can cause a variety of issues and some are even poisonous for them. Never let your pets ingest onions, garlic, nuts, grapes and raisins, and most importantly chocolate. This is likely to rule out some of your feast that has been made with onions and garlic, such as gravy or stuffing. So make sure to take that into account before putting your plate on the ground.

In general, your pet’s diet should be consistent. Introducing new foods can sometimes cause an upset stomach. So, as we said before, make sure to serve any scraps in small portions. And make sure to tell any guests not to feed your pets so you don’t have to worry about their knowledge of safe foods.

There are other ways to include them if you don’t want to stress about forgotten ingredients. Most pet stores sell special holiday canned food that you can add to their regular dry food for a little fun. Or you can purchase treats that are festive and tasty for your pets. And don’t forget during this chilly holiday season, cuddles with your pets are the best!