Thanksgiving Treats for Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Pets are definitely something to be thankful for. Your animal companion definitely deserves a special holiday meal. Here, a Sugar Land, TX vet lists some safe treats you can give your furred, feathered, or scaled friend.

Dogs and Cats

Fluffy and Fido can both have some of that delicious turkey, or most other types of cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, and fat. Canned chicken or tuna in water is also fine, as are sodium-free broth and shredded deli meat. Small amounts of bacon or sausage or a few cocktail wieners are okay, but limit these fatty snacks.


Floppy has a bit of a sweet tooth. Indulge your rabbit on this special occasion by giving her some dried pineapple, or some strawberries or blueberries.

Pocket Pets

Hamsters can have cheese, cooked turkey or egg, or a dog biscuit. Gerbils and Guinea pigs can enjoy some safe fruits, such as melon, pear, or apple.


Rose hips, dandelion leaves, or hibiscus leaves are good treats for chinchillas. Cooked eggs, chicken, or turkey; moist dog or cat treats; mealworms; and crickets are safe options for hedgehogs. Ferrets can have meat, eggs, or carb-free baby food, while sugar gliders may enjoy mealworms or applesauce.


Polly may enjoy some natural peanut butter on crackers, or perhaps a yogurt-dipped strawberry. Birds can also enjoy apple slices, popcorn, fruit, cooked beans, or pasta.


Snakes generally eat mice, so your pet noodle probably won’t care much for treats. Lizards, however, do enjoy special snacks. Iguanas can have some fruit, such as apples, bananas, or strawberries. Bearded dragons, geckos, and other lizards will prefer creepy-crawlies, such as waxworms, mealworms, or earthworms.


Every type of pet has their own specific needs. Always research a new food before offering it to your pet. Some things are unsafe for most of our animal companions. Garlic, onion, scallions, and chives are a definite no-no, as are chocolate; caffeine; fatty and sugary foods; avocados; alcohol; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything containing xylitol. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also extremely poisonous to many pets, including dogs, cats, and pocket pets. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations for your pet, including safe and unsafe foods and suitable treats.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, anytime!

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