Don't be surprised if your pet begs for a few bites from your holiday meal. Here are some tips for making sure your dog or cat has a tasty but safe time.


Pumpkin: Pumpkin can help your pet's digestive health and is also low in calories. Give small amounts of canned pumpkin or cooked pumpkin, but avoid pumpkin pie filling.

Sweet potato: These orange spuds are packed with nutrients like beta carotene and vitamins B and C. Serve them peeled, cooked, and without the marshmallow topping.

Vegetables: Raw carrots, cucumbers, and celery are great for dogs' health and teeth. If you are feeding them to cats, cook the carrots and peel the cucumber. Some cat owners claim celery leaves have an effect similar to catnip.

Turkey: Small amounts of cooked turkey are ok. White meat is lower in calories and less greasy than dark meat. Remove the bones and skin first.


Chocolate: Highly toxic, and in extreme cases, can cause seizures and even death.

Raw bread dough: The yeast in raw bread dough can lead to a drunken pet with a bloated stomach. In some cases, it could be life-threatening.

Stuffing: Garlic, onions, chives are poisonous to dogs and cats and can damage red blood cells.

You can also make your own treats to give your dog or cat a taste of the holiday season all year long.

Pumpkin Cookies for 4-Legged Friends (by Farmgirl Gourmet)


  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup cream of wheat cereal (quick-cook type)
  • 1/4 cup mixed grain baby cereal


  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in bowl.
  3. Use pastry bag to pipe shapes or drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Cool and store up to a week.