With all of the delicious holiday food on your table, it can be tempting to share with your pet. 

When your plate is piled high with turkey, stuffing and all of the other holiday treats, it’s difficult not to share with your pet, but you should be careful about which table scraps you give them. In most cases, your best bet is to avoid giving your pet anything from your table, especially because there are certain treats that can harm your pet. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we offer pet surgery in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, but we don’t just stop there. We are dedicated to keeping your pet safe and healthy this holiday season, and that’s why we’ve come up with this list of holiday treats to avoid giving your pets:

#1. Turkey Skin and Bones

If you plan on cooking a bird for Thanksgiving, be very careful about what you share with your pets. A little bit of white meat might be okay to give to your pet, but you should never give them bones or skin. Bones, especially from bones from birds, can be very brittle, and they may splinter or break inside your pet, which could puncture or injure your pet’s intestines or stomach. Turkey skin is also a bad idea because it is often seasoned with things that are poisonous to pets, like onions, garlic and sage.

#2. Stuffing and Gravy

Most stuffing is filled with ingredients that are toxic for cats and dogs. If you use onions, mushrooms, leeks, sage, chives, scallions, garlic or even pepper in your stuffing, keep it far away from your pet. Many of these ingredients are also often found in gravy, so it’s best to avoid giving it to your pets as well.

#3. Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries by themselves can be healthy for pets, but cranberry sauce, whether it’s homemade or not, generally has lots of added sugar. Homemade cranberry sauce can also contain other ingredients that can be bad for pets, like raisins and certain kinds of nuts.

Learn about more holiday treats to avoid giving your pets when you stay tuned for our next blog.