Worker giving a dog a treat

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to give thanks and enjoy a feast with friends and family members, whether they have two legs or four! However, not everything from your delicious meal may be safe for your furry friend. In fact, some foods can be downright dangerous for dogs. Plus, the hustle and bustle of the holiday may cause stress and anxiety for your pup. Here are some tips to keep them calm and safe on Turkey Day:

Restrict Their Diet to Dog-Friendly Food

Browse the list below to see what foods are pooch-approved, and which your pup should avoid:


  • Turkey (without the bones or skin)
  • Plain potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Plain pumpkin
  • Plain peas
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Rice
  • Corn


  • Turkey skin
  • Turkey bones
  • Turkey stuffing
  • Turkey gravy
  • Candy and gum
  • Chocolate
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes with added ingredients
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Onions
  • Scallions

Prepare a Special Feast for Your Pup

It’s important to ensure your pup steers clear of all the dangerous foods on the list above and doesn’t pick up any scraps. To avoid temptation, consider making a separate meal for your dog to enjoy. Search for dog-friendly recipes, such as this pup-approved pumpkin treat:

Create a Stress-Free Environment

If your house will be full of family and festivities on Thanksgiving, consider creating a safe and quiet escape for your dog. Sights, sounds, and new faces can be overwhelming to your furry friend. Find a room away from the noise and make them feel comfortable there with a familiar blanket, as well as easy access to food and water. Be sure to check on them frequently.

You can also remove your dog from the potential stress of the situation completely by booking them for an overnight boarding stay at Dogtopia. They will enjoy a restful, comfortable night under the watchful eye of our caring team.

Find your nearest Dogtopia here.