As Thanksgiving approaches, the aroma of delectable dishes fills the air, and the anticipation of a sumptuous feast grows. While it’s tempting to share the joy of this holiday with your furry family members, it’s important to remember that not all Thanksgiving foods are safe for dogs. To ensure a delicious and safe Thanksgiving for your furry friend, here’s a guide to dog-safe Thanksgiving foods. 


Turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving table, and fortunately, it’s a safe option for dogs, too. Just be sure to remove the bones, skin, and excess fat. Plain cooked turkey meat can be a tasty treat for your pup. Avoid any seasoning or spices, as these may upset their stomach. 


Sweet potatoes are a nutritious and dog-friendly option, as they are rich in vitamins and fiber. Simply mash or bake some plain sweet potatoes without adding butter, sugar, or spices. A small amount can be a delicious addition to your dog’s meal.  


Dogs can enjoy plain mashed potatoes in moderation as long as they are free of butter, garlic, onions, and seasoning. The extra fat and dairy in mashed potatoes can be hard on some dogs’ stomachs, so be cautious with the quantity.  


Green beans are a healthy, low-calorie snack that dogs typically enjoy and are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins. Serve them steamed or boiled without any seasonings. 


Plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is full of fiber and can help with digestion. A small spoonful can be mixed into their food or offered as a treat. 


Cranberries are safe for dogs in small amounts. Fresh or dried cranberries can be used as a low-calorie treat. Just ensure they are free of added sugars or sweeteners. 


Carrots are another dog-friendly vegetable that are a great source of vitamins and fiber. Serve them cooked or raw as a crunchy and healthy snack.  


While it’s tempting to share, certain Thanksgiving foods are harmful to dogs and should be kept far from their reach. These include: 

  • Onions  
  • Garlic 
  • Grapes/raisins 
  • Chocolate 
  • Nuts 
  • Anything seasoned with spices, herbs, or high in fat.

No matter the treat, moderation is key. Even safe foods should be given in small portions as an occasional treat. Overindulging your dog, even in safe foods, can lead to digestive upset. Remember to prioritize your dog’s safety and wellbeing during the holiday season, and you’ll both have a reason to be thankful.  

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