Thanksgiving Food to Share with Your Pet

Albuquerque Pet Thanksgiving

Albuquerque Pet ThanksgivingThanksgiving is such a yummy time of year and your dog thinks it is yummy too. Instead of kicking them out of the kitchen and trying to keep them from sneaking your food, give them some things they can eat.  Here is a list of food that is good, and safe, for your dog to eat.

Dog Safe Thanksgiving Foods

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are great for your dog. They have loads of good vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Give your dog some sweet potato, raw or cooked, but give it to them before you add any of your other ingredients like marshmallows, cherries, or sugar. Do not give them canned sweet potatoes, only fresh.


Turkey is a great protein for your dog. It is lean and healthy and yummy! Your dog can eat both light and dark meat turkey. The most important thing is to make sure that there are no bones. Bones can splinter and cause intestinal obstruction or internal bleeding. Don’t give your dog the turkey skin either, it is too fatty and can cause stomach upset or issues with pancreatitis.

Green Beans

Does your family love the green bean casserole? Green beans are great for your dog. Your dog will prefer these raw then cooked, and only give her fresh or frozen green beans. Do not give your dog the green beans after they have been seasoned or added to the casserole. This is a perfect treat to give while you are cooking.


Carrots are another great raw treat for your dog. Before you cook up your carrots, you can toss a few to your pup. They are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin A and C, and fiber.


Pumpkins are a great food for dogs. Not only do they taste good but they are great for you. Make sure to only use fresh pumpkin. Do not use your jack-o-lantern or canned pumpkin pie. When you give your pup some pumpkin, it is best cooked. Roasted or boiled will work, and just strip it of seeds. Do not give it to your dog once you have added any spices to it.

Rolls and Bread

Bread is not good for your dog, but will not hurt your dog either. Feel free to share yummy rolls. Do not share dough. That can cause serious stomach upset.


Are you making an Apple pie for Thanksgiving? Dogs love apples. Give them a slice before you put it in your pie. Just like with pumpkin, give it to them without the spices.


If you are concerned your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t, is vomiting, has diarrhea, or is lethargic, call your vet immediately.

Remember to only give your dog these treats in moderation. Even good for you food can give you an upset stomach if you eat too much of it.

Save the Black Cat!

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albuquerque catThe black cat has been a symbol of superstition for ages. Iconic Halloween images with trees bare of leaves dark in the their silhouette, blowing in the wind, with jack-o-lanterns at the base of their trunk, and the black cat sitting near by. Or how about, the witch flying on her broom with her infamous black cat “familiar” sitting on the broom stick. There is a fairly common belief that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. In some cultures, the black cat was considered good luck, but in the US they may not be bad luck but they are at least a symbol of the scary Halloween.
For those that are not afraid of the spooky black cat, you may find that these beautiful sleek cats make amazing pets. In fact, there is a huge fan following of the black cat. Many people believing that they are sweeter than the average house cat.
During the Halloween season, violence against black cats goes up. Some animal shelters won’t allow black kittens to be adopted because of fear that people may do something bad.It is not just violence that the black cat is being threatened with. Shelters often get concerned that black cats will be adopted to be used as Halloween props, and then abandoned after the holiday. Though there are reports that also say, violence towards black cats is not as high as some people expect, there are definitely people out there that believe black cats are bad luck. In our clinic, we typically hear of a few cases every year where a black cat has been injured during Halloween.
Let’s save the black cat! If you have a black cat, please keep them inside on Halloween. If your cat is safe inside, they will be at less risk of getting hurt by pranksters. Make sure your cat has its microchip in case it does go missing, that way it can be more easily returned home to you. You can easily get your cat microchipped by bringing them into our daily walk-in shot clinic.
We love all the beautiful black cats. If you see one on Halloween, maybe try to give it some love in case anyone else is being less than loving.