Some Thanksgiving food is acceptable to share with pets

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 28, 2019 - 8:26 am
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Does your pet get a seat at the Thanksgiving table?  What foods are okay for them? Louisiana SPCA spokeswoman Alicia Vial says there are some foods that are okay, including the turkey.

“Turkey is actually a really wonderful lean protein that you can share with your pet.  You just want to make sure that you take off any excess fat or skin and stick with the white meat and of course, make sure there are no bones,” said Vial.

Vial says you may want to watch out for the sugar content an animal consumes, but a small serving of cranberry sauce should be okay.

“Maybe let them lick your plate or a spoon.  Plain green beans are actually really wonderful for your pet as a treat in general, so fresh vegetables are a great addition to any great pet diet,” said Vial.

Potatoes are great, but be careful of the added ingredients used to make mashed potatoes. A small serving of canned pumpkin should be okay as well.

Vial says it is important to make sure pets do not access unattended food or beverages and be on the lookout for signs of distress with your pet that might indicate it may have gotten into something it should not have.

“Always know who your closest emergency vet is, and there are several around.  You want to know what their operating hours are and most emergency vets are open 24-hours, regardless of holidays.”

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