Turkey is a fine treat for your dog or cat.  Mix some in with his or her regular food and make it a meal.  Remember that too much fat will give your dog or cat an upset stomach (read diarrhea, vomiting, or worse!), so go easy, Pilgrim.


You’re good with cheese, but remember Pocahontas, if everyone at your table gives your cat just one cube of cheese, you’re going to have a curd, not a cat.  Both dogs and cats are especially sensitive to fat, so moderation is key.


Who in their right mind gives their pet onions?  You’d be surprised. Onions are toxic to dogs and cats so steer clear of this, and all, members of the allium family.

Cranberry Sauce

You’re trying to give so much of my food to the dog, I’m starting to worry that there’s something wrong with my cooking.   Cranberry sauce is safe, John Smith,  but before you pass it under the table, can you pass it to the guest on your right?


Everybody knows that chocolate is bad for dogs, but we see dogs with chocolate toxicity because they swipe the chocolate, not because they are served it.  Pay attention to the Whitman’s Sampler as it makes its rounds.  If it ends up on the floor, your vacuum cleaner Labrador is going to Hoover it up.

Carrots, Corn and Beans, Oh My!

No raisins, no grapes, no avocado and no onions.  Corn is fine, but it can act as a laxative in some cases so…be warned, the ‘musket’ may be loaded. Also no corn cobs! Beans and carrots are a great low-cal treat (if they’re not dripping in bacon fat or sugar…those you can put on my plate 🙂  Cooking veggies helps Digger digest them better.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie? Go for it, but a small piece, okay?  By the way, did you know that you can feed your dog or cat raw, pureed pumpkin right out of the can?   Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins and fiber.  It helps pets eliminate and makes firmer, bulkier stools that are easier to pick up.


No, no and no.  No bones.  You can throw them in a pot, make a stock, and pour it over kibble or your pet’s soft food.  Don’t add salt.  Discard the bones in a place where the dog or cat can’t get at them.

Too Late?

If your pet ate something he or she shouldn’t have, here’s the number to Poison Control (888) 426-4435 or you can CLICK TO CALL   And here’s ours 203 775 3679 or CLICK TO CALL.  Happy Holidays, everyone!  Here’s hoping you have no reason to visit our office outside of well care.