Pet owners also need to be mindful of waste products, too.
“You know, those things that people don't think about, like the strings used to secure the turkey as it's baking, or skewers and bags used for cooking meat – a dog can smell them and dig them out of the trash to eat them, which poses a real danger to him,” she said.
However not all foods are harmful, Holcomb said.
“If people really want to give their pet a treat, think about canned green beans and carrots, which are safe and low in fat and in salt,” she suggested. “And small amounts of pumpkin also are okay because it's a food low in fat and it doesn't cause trauma (to an animal's digestive system).”
Pet lover Leanne Janek Torpey of League City shares the healthy treat her family prepares for their pooches:
Nala's pumpkin-applesauce dog cookies
1½ cups flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons applesauce
½ cup pumpkin
1 tablespoon molasses
½ cup chicken broth
Mix all together, drop by teaspoons on a greased cookie sheet, one inch apart.
Bake at 400˚ F for 12-15 minutes, turn off oven and let set in oven for 2 hours or over night.
Yummy!! And Nala approved.