What NOT to feed your pet on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving comes food, and lots of it! While you can share some of the foods you eat with your pet, like certain fruits and veggies, there are other foods that can be dangerous. Here’s common Thanksgiving foods to never feed your pet!

Cooked Bones

When meaty bones are cooked they become brittle and are a choking hazard. They can splinter in your pet’s throat, stomach, or intestines- yikes! Instead, make homemade bone broth by slowly boiling leftover bones and veggies.


Although ham is one of the first foods most people think of when it comes to Thanksgiving, this is not healthy for your pet. It contains high amounts of sodium, and even small portions can cause pancreatitis in dogs and cats. If it contains salt, stay away!

Instead, stock up on freeze-dried pork heart from The Modern Pet! Organ meat keeps your pet’s heart healthy, and muscles strong!


Most people think corn is a vegetable, but did know that it is actually a very starchy grain? Corn is tasty, but contains no nutritional value for humans or pets. It is difficult to digest, making your furry companion’s organs work overtime. Also, corn usually has butter added, which contains high amounts of sodium!

Instead, choose unsalted Peas or green beans are a great alternative! Peas contain vitamins A, B, C, K, and fiber! Green beans have vitamins B6, A, C, K, iron, and calcium, all of which will nourish the body!


We love stuffing… and it’s probably because this Thanksgiving side contains loads of garlic, onions, bread, and sodium- all of which are toxic to dogs and cats. Feeding stuffing to your pet can cause an overproduction of yeast, pancreatitis, or organ failure. We recommend saving this dish for the humans instead!

While eating your stuffing, feed your pet plain pumpkin or sweet potato! Both of these healthy toppers contain vitamins A, C, potassium, and iron.

Gobble, Gobble!

We want your Holiday to be as stress-free as possible! Don’t hesitate to call or message us with any questions! We hope your Thanksgiving is one to remember!

By Courtney May