Your Dog and Thanksgiving Food

Besides being a day of thanks and spending time with friends and family, Thanksgiving is a day when most of us get to look forward to the biggest and best meal of the year.  Houses are busy all day long with people cooking food and preparing dishes to enjoy.  So what about our four-legged family members?  A lot of us are probably guilty of sharing some of our Thanksgiving foods with our dogs under the table or slipping some leftovers in their food dish.  But have you taken the time to think about what foods are good for dogs and what are not?  The article below gives examples of both.  Give it a read and then think twice before letting your pooch have Thanksgiving dinner with you.

The Best And Worst Thanksgiving Foods To Share With Your Dog

By Kate Bratskeir

‘Tis the season for giving, so naturally you’ll want to share with your best bud, who happens to have four legs. There are tons of Thanksgiving treats that are safe for dogs to eat, but others should be kept far away from that imposing snout, no matter how dreamy your pooches puppy dog eyes may be.

It’s alright to give your pet a taste of the spread, but the food shouldn’t be his whole dinner, animal trainer Nicole Ellis, who works for DogVacay told The Huffington Post. Any change to a dog’s dietary system has the potential to cause discomfort. Before you and your guests sit down to chow down, announce your plan to group so there aren’t 12 pairs of hands feeding your pup from their plates.

To make this Thanksgiving a healthy and happy one, check out the list of foods below that can and cannot be shared with your dog.



“Pumpkin is a magical ingredient for dogs,” Ellis said. “It helps them with constipation and not going enough.” Served plain, pumpkin is a safe and sweet treat for pups. If you buy pumpkin puree in a can, reserve a little for your pooch before you season it or douse it in sugar.

Cranberry Sauce

As long as cranberries are the main ingredient, this Thanksgiving staple makes a great treat for your hound. Ellis said its often found in a lot of dog treats and kibble because its beneficial for your pet’s urinary tract and is packed with antioxidants. Just make sure the food is stem-free and doesn’t contain any additives like sugar and nuts.

Turkey — Off The Bone

“You want to make sure it’s unseasoned and well cooked,” Ellis said. Be very careful the meat is bone-free; bones are dangerous for dogs to digest. They can splinter and get stuck in the tract of their stomachs.

Certain Vegetables

Green beans, asparagus and carrots are really great for our dogs, said  Ellis. They can be cooked, but they shouldn’t be seasoned or salted. Salt can dehydrate your pet and make for a not-so-fun Thanksgiving.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are another example of foods that you can responsibly share with your pet, so long as you know the ingredients. When the dish is free of butter and dairy, it’s good for the sharing. When butter, sour cream or other dairy products are added, keep the potatoes to human plates only. Milk are tough on dogs’ digestive systems.



Water will do. Because our pets tend to be smaller than us, they’re harder hit by intoxicants.


As easy as it may be to tear off a piece of your dinner roll and toss it to your waggy pal, the food contains yeast which will probably bring on gas and discomfort. Other bread-products may be ripe with raisins and other fruits, which are extremely dangerous for dogs. Better skip the process of breaking bread with your furry one entirely.


As innocuous as your family recipe may seem, this holiday favorite is often flavored with onion, garlic, leeks and shallots, which can cause anemia in your pet.


While you stuff yourself silly with pie and anticipate that food coma, leave your dog out of the tradition. You probably know that chocolate is the ultimate “No” for poochies, but too much sugar can make him tired and potentially lead to weight gain and diabetes.



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