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Pet owners may want to include their furry friends in quality time throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, but it’s important to make sure they’re kept on a tight leash and away from harmful table scraps as scraps can make pets sick, says the Humane Society of Missouri.

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather around delicious food and express gratitude for the blessings in life.

Pet owners may want to include their furry friends in quality time throughout the special day, but it’s important to make sure they’re kept on a tight leash and away from harmful table scraps, according to a press release from the Humane Society of Missouri.

The Humane Society of Missouri offers these tips to help keep four-legged friends safe this Thanksgiving.

Avoid new or abnormal foods

“Avoid feeding your pet anything they are not used to eating, even if it falls in the same food group as something they are used to,” states a release. For example, even if a pet is accustomed to eating chicken, turkey could still make them sick.

Other popular Thanksgiving foods a pet owners should avoid feeding pets include poultry and ham bones.

“Chicken and turkey bones are hollow and shatter easily, which can cause little shards to get caught in your pet’s throat or stomach. Ham bones usually have a lot of salt, which could give your pet an upset stomach,” states the Humane Society.

Fat drippings from a turkey pan, should also be avoided.

“These are too much for your pet to handle and they should not be poured over their usual pet food as an added treat,” states the release.

Pumpkin is another food that should be avoided with pets.

“It is a natural stool softener for dogs and cats and can cause diarrhea,” states the society.

Make sure everyone is on the same page

The Humane Society suggests informing guests of the rules when they arrive for the holiday meal so they aren’t trying to get on your pet’s good side through food.

“Instead, have them hand your pet one of their usual treats to help them get acquainted,” states the release.

Secure leftovers

Secure garbage when the meal is finished so pets don’t gobble up all of those leftovers.

“There are easy ways to keep Thanksgiving festive for your pet without sharing table scraps. Serve their usual food in a special holiday dish, let them wear a festive sweater or buy seasonal dog treats and toys,” states the Humane Society.

For more information about Thanksgiving pet safety tips and other news, visit

hsmo.org.