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  1. Ian

    why not pumpkin pie filling? canned pumpkin itself is good for them, right?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Spices in pumpkin pie filling – plus some might contain added sugars. Canned pumpkin is great.

  2. Anita

    Thank you, Susan, for the wonderful idea of sharing healthy foods from our Thanksgiving menu with our pets. What better way to say, “Thank you, my good, loyal friends!”

  3. Karen Davis

    For an increasing number of people, including me, turkeys are valued as companion animals (or as free-living animals) as much as dogs and cats are. We would not think of hurting and killing them in order to count our blessings. It is so dreary reading this compassionless disregard for turkeys and the misery they endure for absolutely nothing but human selfishness. The definition of “pet” needs to expand on this website. People who care only about one or two types of animals are not the true friends of animals. Turkeys and chickens and pigs are as sensitive and deserving of our care and compassion as dogs and cats. My organization United Poultry Concerns focuses on domestic fowl, but our commitment to these birds does not entail mistreating other animals. Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Karen – I’ve actually been around – known closely and loved – all types of animals that are used for meat. When I was a kid, neighbors of my Grandparents raised pigs. Each spring they would bring a baby pig into the house as a pet. It was housebroken, would lay on the couch with them to watch TV at night (I kid you not). I am concerned for all animals. But the reality is, our dogs and cats are meat eaters. We cannot make them vegetarians (though some people do). How do we choose the species that will provide meat to our cats and dogs? As for – this site is for cats and dogs, though at regulatory meetings as best I can I try to advocate for safe feed ingredients for all animals.

  4. Bev

    No turkey skin for dogs. The old timers knew this and when I looked it up it’s because it can give a dog pancreatits which is very, very painful and can kill a dog. My mother never wanted me to give my dogs cooked turkey and I never knew why until I checked into it and I think this is probably the specifics of it that she didn’t know. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  5. Ellie

    As someone already shared turkey skin or even chicken skin can be a real no no for dogs. Sadly, when I was much younger I did not know that and fed my mom’s little Sheltie some chicken skin which set off a pancreatic nightmare for the poor guy. He did recover but we all learned a lesson. NO poultry skin for the animals. Vets say that they have the most cases of pancreatitis in dogs during the holiday season because the pets get so many fatty foods.
    I would also add that many turkeys are pumped full of additives to make the meat juicy, especially the per-basted kind. If you read the ingredient list on the package of these turkeys you might think twice about eating them yourself. If at all possible try to get an all natural turkey if you plan on sharing it with your pet.
    One more thing to keep in mind about meats for our pets is that most of the meat in grocery stores were pumped full of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones among other things when they were alive and when you bake these meats it starts to concentrate the additives in the flesh. Try not to use these mass marketed meats to make jerky or other treats for your pet. The concentration of those foreign substances can cause harm to your pet over time.
    Yes, sometimes I think the pets in our home eat healthier than we do. Enjoy your holiday.

  6. Teresa

    First I’d like to off to Karen and all a meal blessing taking from Bhuddist tradition – “Something has given it’s life to sustain mine. May I be worthy of this sacrifice.” This can apply to both veggies and meats we and our pet companions consume.
    Next I’d like to introduce myself as not having a cat nor dog…although I’ve had both, and many other animal companions, in my life. I currently have hedgehogs. Yep, little quillly beasties who trace their ancestry to Africa. They are classed as insectivors and therefore need a meat protein in their diets. Many of us who keep and care for hedgehogs feed high quality cat/kitten foods with assorted “treats” including but not limited to commercially raised mealworms, crickets, etc.
    In the 17 years of having hedgehogs and active as a rescue, I have always set aside a bit of my own Thanksgiving (and other special occasions/holidays) dinners for the hedgies. They get a bit of finely diced turkey breast, chopped green bean, 1 to 3 kernels corn, a bit of cranberry sauce and baked sweet potato – all organic. Some eat it all. Some eat part. Some merely play in their dishes. But all are given the option of celebrating with foods not ordinarily served daily and being truly a part of our family.

  7. Terri janson

    I didn’t know about the skin being harmful. Thanks for the heads up

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