This Thursday, when you belly up to the Thanksgiving Day table to dig in, chances are your best friend will be lovingly looking up to you.  Here's what and what not to hand-out to your favorite fur-ball.

We checked with the most knowledgeable animals folks we know of in the digital world at, and came up with this.

Turkey - Yes, you can feed the bird to Muttley, but only the meat, which is a lean protein. Don't send the skin, bones and twine down the line.  You wouldn't eat them either.

Mashed potatoes - Yes and no.  While potatoes are good for your pet, the stuff to make them with like cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, chives and butter, are not.  Gravy is a big no no as well.

Onions, garlic, chives and other alliums.  - No.  A large amount of these could cause a condition called toxic anemia, which just can't be good.  This would also include stuffing, which are made with a lot of these ingredients!

Cranberry Sauce - Okay in very small amounts.  Contains a lot of sugar.

Grapes and raisins, mushrooms - No.  Toxic to pets.  Big time puke factor.  Could even cause kidney failure.

Artificial sweeteners -  No. Sugar substitutes contain an ingredient called Xylitol, which can be deadly to your beloved pet.  So, if you cook with these to be healthy, make sure anything with it stays on the table.

Chocolate, including baking chocolate - No. Anything chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, which in large amounts can kill your dog or cat.  Good thing we wrote this, right?




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