Thanksgiving meals include the whole family, and for some people, that also includes furry, four-legged members. When you look down from the table and see their sweet faces, it can be difficult to be stern about table scraps. Most of us are guilty of picking off a small piece of turkey and feeding it to a pet (and then seeing your cousin do the same thing five minutes later. And then your sibling, too, after an hour.)

We’ve listed five things you’ll probably have on your Thanksgiving table this year, but don't want your pet to eat.


Grapes, and subsequently raisins, have been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs, petMD reported. Additionally, many stuffing recipes feature onions, garlic, leeks, or scallions — which are all considered alliums. Ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia in pets.

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Your pet can’t eat pumpkin pie, according to People. Meanwhile, a small amount of plain, canned pumpkin can actually be a miracle food for dogs, according to Cesar’s Way, and it’s good for both diarrhea and constipation.


It’s common knowledge that chocolate can be poison to dogs. Be sure to keep baking chocolate and any sweets with chocolate well out of your pet’s reach.


Any holiday drinks or snacks containing Xylitol are poisonous to animals. According to petMD, artificial sweeteners are even potentially deadly to dogs.


Even a small amount of alcohol can be toxic to pets, so remember to keep things like fruit cake out of reach.

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