As Thanksgiving approaches, many families are preparing to have the biggest feast of the year to celebrate their gratitude for one another. Though the feast is meant for humans, it’s tempting to want to share the amazing food with our furry companions. It is crucial to be mindful of what foods we offer them. Some Thanksgiving staples can be harmful to your pup but luckily there are plenty of delicious and dog-safe options that you can share with your dog.  


Thankfully, the star of the Thanksgiving dinner is a great option for your dog too. Make sure to remove the skin, bones, and any excess fat before sharing small pieces. It is important to note that the turkey needs to be fully cooked and unseasoned. If you follow those rules, Turkey can be an excellent source of protein for your dogs! 

Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet potatoes are a nutritious and dog-friendly alternative to regular potatoes. These orange delights are rich in vitamins and fiber, making them a great addition to your dog’s Thanksgiving meal. Mash or bake them without any added seasonings for a tasty and safe treat. 

Plain Pumpkin 

When served in moderation, Pumpkin can be a perfect treat for your dog. Plain, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is an excellent source of fiber and can aid in digestion.  

Green Beans 

Fresh or lightly steamed green beans are a healthy and crunchy snack that dogs typically enjoy. They are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a great addition to your dog’s Thanksgiving plate. Ensure they are plain and free from added seasonings. 


Carrots are not only a low-calorie snack but also great for your dog’s dental health. Serving them raw or even frozen can serve as a tasty treaty that actively cleans your dog’s teeth.  


Apples, when sliced and cored, are a crunchy and sweet treat for dogs. Just make sure to remove the seeds and core before sharing them with your pup. Apples can be a great source of vitamins and can be a refreshing addition to your dog’s Thanksgiving menu. 

While enjoying the Thanksgiving festivities, it’s essential to prioritize your dog’s health and safety. By incorporating these dog-safe foods into your pup’s holiday meal, you can share the joy of Thanksgiving without compromising their well-being. Remember to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about specific foods or portion sizes for your dog. With a little preparation, you and your furry friend can both savor the holiday season together.