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Thanksgiving: Foods your pets can and cannot eat
« on: November 21, 2016, 11:29:47 am »
By Dr Daliah host of The Dr Daliah Show

Thanksgiving is coming and so are the in-laws. So to avoid being outnumbered at the dinner table, we invite our pets. But can pets eat table scrapings and leftovers from Thanksgiving?

Let's look at what they can and cannot eat.


According to the American Kennel Club, dogs can eat the following (in moderate amounts):
  • Turkey, Chicken, Beef (remove all bones so they don't get swallowed and perforate the gut)
  • Ham
  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread (with no raisins)
  • Popcorn
  • Corn
  • Honey
  • Coconut

Avoid the following in dogs: May be toxic; cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; kidney damage; pancreatitis due to high fat content, or intestinal obstruction
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice cream
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Nutmeg
  • Mushrooms
  • Energy drinks
  • Fatty/fried foods

In addition to my dog Apollo, I have 4 cats. So they're coming to Thanksgiving as well.
Fluffy can eat - but again only in moderation:
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Grains
  • Vegetables (though many stick their nose up at it)
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Butter

Avoid similar foods as with dogs due to toxicity and also (according to Vetsnow)
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Raw fish and eggs
  • Coffee, tea and energy drinks

Yes, some will bring Nemo to Thanksgiving Dinner. It appears fish can eat many types of meat and vegetables and even cooked rice but be careful of toxins and cooking oils.
I don't have any of these and if I did, I doubt I'd share my turkey with it.  But according to, many fruits, vegetables, breads and and nuts (chopped up without shell) can be eaten by birdie.

Wishing everyone a healthy and wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician.

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