Here’s a list of holiday foods NOT safe to give to your pets

Never give your pets onions, garlic or grapes

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SAN ANTONIO – The holidays are fun for the family, and that can include your four-legged friends, but more people and more food could mean more hands feeding Fido under the table.

A general golden rule for feeding animals people food is to just say no.

The rich foods we eat typically eat during the holidays can be hard on your pet’s stomach and may lead to intestinal upset and diarrhea, according to Animal Care Services.

However, if you’re still wondering what’s considered safe for your pets to eat during those big holiday meals, the list is below.


  • Poultry bones
  • Alliums - onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, chives, shallots
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in certain candies)
  • Chocolate
  • Foods with alcohol
  • Raw dough
  • Raisins
  • Turkey skin
  • Nuts
  • Milk
  • Nutmeg (a popular spice in many holiday dishes)
  • Grapes


  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Bananas

This list has been compiled using data from Animal Care Services, Billings Animal Family Hospital and

If you think your pet may have ingested something toxic, call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Pet Poison Control at 1-888-426-4435 or call your local emergency pet clinic.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.