Table manners: Holiday food that is a yes or no for pets

Our pets are family members, too, and will be just as tempted by the delectable range of holiday aromas wafting through kitchens as our human relatives.

But not all holiday cooking is healthy for pets. Here's a list of some cooking that is safe to share – in moderation – with our furry companions:



  • Plain turkey, no skin
  • Cooked green beans (plain)
  • Sweet potatoes (cooked minus butter, salt and brown sugar)
  • Pumpkin purée (minus spices and sugar)
  • Apples (plain)
  • Cooked carrots (plain)
  • Unsalted peanuts, almonds and cashews
  • Bananas
  • Baked and mashed potatoes (plain only)
  • Unsweetened cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Macaroni noodles without cheese


  • Turkey skin, drippings and gravy
  • Turkey twine
  • Turkey bones
  • Ham and bacon
  • Meat fat
  • Stuffing
  • Yeast dough
  • Raw dough
  • Corn on the cob
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts and black walnuts
  • Cookies and candy
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Salty foods
  • Eggnog
  • Nutmeg (can be toxic in large amounts)
  • Xylitol (sugar substitute found in candies, gum and peanut butter)



  • Plain turkey (no spices or grease)
  • Cooked carrots (plain)
  • Cooked green beans and greens (plain)


  • Turkey grease
  • Raw meat
  • Poultry bones
  • Gravy (too rich)
  • Dairy
  • Avocados
  • Onion, garlic, chives, shallots and scallions
  • Raw eggs, raw meat and bones
  • Chocolate
  • Yeast dough
  • Raw dough
  • Cookies and candy
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Salty foods
  • Xylitol (sugar substitute found in candies, gum and peanut butter)

Also note that small portions are best.

Mistletoe, holly, lilies, daffodils and amaryllis can be toxic to pets. Poinsettia leaf sap can cause mouth and esophagus irritation but it would take a large amount to be poisonous to your pet.

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