Thanksgiving With Your Dog: 6 Important Do’s and Dont’s

Celebrate Thanksgiving With Your Dog, But Feast Safely!

Thanksgiving with your dog is a time of joy, gratitude, and of course, delicious food. As dog lovers, it’s natural to want to include our canine companions in the festivities. However, not all Thanksgiving foods are safe for dogs. This comprehensive guide will help you navigate the do’s and don’ts of sharing your Thanksgiving feast with your furry friend, ensuring a happy and healthy holiday for all.

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  1. Lean Turkey Meat: A little bit of lean, well-cooked turkey is a great treat for your dog. Make sure it’s boneless and skinless to avoid any digestive issues.
  2. Plain Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a healthy, fiber-rich treat. Serve them plain and cooked, without any added sugar or spices. This is a great treat to celebrate thanksgiving with your dog!
  3. Pumpkin: Plain, canned pumpkin is a good source of fiber for dogs and can help with digestive regularity. Avoid pumpkin pie filling, which contains added sugars and spices.
  4. Green Beans: Plain green beans are a healthy, low-calorie snack for dogs. Just make sure they’re served plain and not mixed with onions or a green bean casserole.
  5. Carrots: Both raw and cooked carrots are safe and healthy for dogs. They are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins.
  6. Apples: Apples are a good source of vitamins A and C for dogs. Remove the seeds and core before serving.


  1. Turkey Bones, Skin, and Gravy: Turkey bones can splinter and cause choking or harm your dog’s digestive tract. Skin is often too fatty and can cause pancreatitis, while gravy is too rich and can contain harmful spices.
  2. Stuffing: Stuffing often contains onions, garlic, and other ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
  3. Chocolate and Other Desserts: Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and many desserts contain xylitol, which is also harmful.
  4. Raisins and Grapes: These can cause kidney failure in dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
  5. Onions and Garlic: These common ingredients can cause anemia in dogs, even in small amounts.
  6. Alcohol: Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to dogs, so keep those holiday drinks out of reach. While you might enjoy a beverage, thanksgiving with your dog will not go well if fido is partaking as well!

    Alcohol = No Bueno For Your Dog

Celebrating Thanksgiving with your dog can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to do so safely. Stick to dog-safe foods and avoid the dangerous ones to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy during the festivities. Remember, if in doubt, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and keep it out of reach of your furry friend.

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We hope you have the best Thanksgiving with your dog! Happy Holidays to all!

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