Keeping your pets safe this Thanksgiving

Dogs can choke on turkey bones

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As you feast this Thanksgiving, it is reminded that most foods that are good for us, are not good for our pets.

Doctor George Daniel of the Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield says it’s best to keep your pets away from your Thanksgiving dinner. He said pets’ digestive systems are simply not equipped to eat what humans eat.

Daniel said many of the basted and sauced foods served on Thanksgiving are bad for pets. Instead, he said carrots are a healthy snack for dogs — as long as they are not salted or in sweetened syrup.

Samantha Rivera brought her one-year-old dog to the animal hospital for a check-up Wednesday. She said even though its her first dog, she knows better than to share scraps from the table.


According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, the following foods should not be fed to pets:


  • Alcohol
  • Coconut Oil
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes, raisins
  • Nuts
  • Onions, Garlic, Chives
  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs, and bones
  • Salty foods
  • Xylitol (sweetener used in gums, candies and baked goods)
  • Yeast dough