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Which Holiday Foods Are Safe for My Pet?

The holidays are meant to be a time for sharing, togetherness, and home-cooked feasts, so it’s natural to want to include one of the most im-paw-tant members of the family (your pet!) in the festivities by feeding them some of those delicious leftovers. Though every pet has different needs and tolerance levels (when in doubt, consult your vet), you’ll be happy to know that vets who spoke to The Washington Post consider small portions of many holiday foods (with caveats!) safe.

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Are Fruits and Veggies Ok?

Seedless apples, cranberries, and pumpkin (either canned or puréed) are healthy and safe for your pet, as long as you avoid feeding them any sugary pies. Veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, green beans, carrots, celery, cauliflower, peas, squash, zucchini, russet potatoes, and sweet potatoes are also reliable choices for both dogs and cats. The key is to keep everything plain— avoid seasoning, toppings, and cooking with lots of fat. Even very small pieces of bread are ok to share if they’re thoroughly baked.

Which Holiday Foods Are Definitely Unsafe for Pets?

How Much Holiday Food Can I Feed My Pet?

According to vets, these “people food” holiday treats should never be more than 10 to 20% of your pet’s daily food intake. Everything in moderation!