Thanksgiving Pet Safety in Chandler, AZ


Thanksgiving Pet Safety in Chandler, AZ

Thanksgiving pet safety is a hot topic for a reason–the lure of a Thanksgiving meal is hard for any pet to resist, but some foods can be very dangerous for them to eat! Our animal hospital has seen its share of pets with upset stomachs and other problems due to them eating things they shouldn’t. Consult our lists of safe and unsafe foods below so you’ll have a better idea of which foods you can share with your pet, and which ones you need to keep away from them.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us at (480) 339-0406 or schedule a quick meeting with your veterinarian.





Happy dog with wagon full of apples

Foods that are Safe to Share with Your Pet (in Moderation)

  • Turkey – Pets can have plain (unseasoned), boneless, skinless, and fully cooked turkey.
  • Bread – Whole grain and plain white bread are fine, but bread with raisins is definitely off limits!
  • Carrots – Carrots are safe for dogs be they raw or cooked; cats should only eat cooked carrots. Additionally, any carrot you feed your pet should be cut into small pieces they can swallow easily.
  • Broccoli – We can’t guarantee that your pet will be interested in broccoli, but if they do have a fondness for it, make sure it’s cooked. Raw broccoli is hard for cats to digest and it can cause stomach upset in dogs.
  • Brussel sprouts – Small pieces of Brussel sprouts are also safe in moderation for both dogs and cats.
  • Celery – A little bit of celery won’t hurt your pet, but too much can cause diarrhea in cats. You may be surprised to know that the leaves of celery stalks can make cats react similar to how they react to catnip!
  • Cheese – Small quantities of cheese are safe. Just don’t give your pet too much!
  • Chicken – Like turkey, chicken must be skinless, boneless, fully cooked, and unseasoned before you give it to your pet.
  • Cranberry sauce – Cranberry sauce can be high in sugar, so be mindful before giving your pet a taste.
  • Corn – Corn on the cob is a choking hazard, but plain, cooked corn kernels are safe.
  • Gravy – A lot of gravies are made with garlic and onions, which are very dangerous for pets. If it doesn’t contain these ingredients, it should be safe in limited quantities.
  • Green beans – Make sure any green beans you give your pet have no butter or seasonings on them.
  • Mashed potatoes – Raw potatoes can be dangerous for dogs and cats, but cooked, unseasoned mashed potatoes are fine. This goes for sweet potatoes too.
  • Rice – Plain, cooked brown or white rice should pose no problems for dogs or cats.
  • Pumpkin – Plain pumpkin is safe in reasonable amounts, just make sure it’s cut into small enough pieces to allow for easy swallowing.

Foods that are Not Safe to Share with Your Pet (Ever)

Black and white cat


  • Garlic – Garlic contains thiosulfates that are highly toxic to dogs and cats. Be very careful when preparing any food that requires the addition of garlic, be it minced or fresh!
  • Onions – Raw onions, cooked onions, and onion powder need to be kept far away from your pet. While onions are less toxic to cats than garlic, they can still be hazardous to their health.
  • Pumpkin pie – Pumpkin pie is rich in sugar and other ingredients that can make your pet sick. Plain pumpkin is always best.
  • Grapes and raisins – Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs and cats due to the toxic compounds they contain.
  • Green bean casserole – While plain green beans are safe for pets, green bean casserole contains lots of rich ingredients including onion (and possibly garlic, depending on how it’s made).
  • Chocolate – Different kinds of chocolate can cause different problems for pets, but the bottom line is that all of them are unsafe to a degree. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain pure cocoa and larger quantities of theobromine and caffeine, stimulants that our pets can’t metabolize properly.
  • Nutmeg – Nutmeg can be a popular ingredient for all kinds of foods, but it contains myristicin, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure in dogs and lead to seizures. A small amount should be harmless to your cat, but be cautious regardless.