Everyone wants to be included in a delicious, mouth-watering Thanksgiving meal, including our dogs! However, most dog owners realize that there are foods that could be toxic to our fur babies. In order to avoid any emergency vet trips, we compiled a list of healthy and safe foods for your pup to enjoy during your Thanksgiving feast, as well as a few foods that should absolutely be avoided. 

Turkey

Ah, the main staple of Thanksgiving! Turkey is totally safe for your pup as long as it’s unseasoned. You also want to ensure that your dog does not get ahold of any turkey bones or the skin. Turkey bones can be a choking hazard, cause bowel obstruction, or even splinter and puncture intestines. Best to avoid any of those situations! The skin is typically the part of the turkey that is loaded with butter and seasoning, which could cause some stomach issues or even pancreatitis for your pup. 

Potatoes

Potatoes offer excellent sources of vitamins and nutrients, for both humans and canines. Regardless of what type of potato you are serving up this year, sweet or white, be sure to only give your pup boiled or baked potatoes. You want to avoid any added ingredients such as butter, cream, or seasonings.

Green Beans

Green beans are another healthy and safe choice that is full of vitamins. As with the other foods listed so far, if you’re giving green beans to your dog, serve them up plain. This means no seasoning, butter, or oil. Sorry, Fido! No green bean casserole for you.

Carrots

Another nutrient-dense veggie that’s totally safe for your pup. Your dog can nosh on these raw or cooked. Just avoid serving them with any added ingredients, such as brown sugar, orange juice, cayenne pepper, or any other spices.

Pumpkin

A superior fall dish that packs a ton of nutritional punch for pups! Pumpkin is super beneficial for digestion and it also does wonders for our pups’ skin and coat. Sadly, your doggo can’t chow down on a slice of pumpkin pie. Make sure what your feeding your dog is pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling from the can. There’s a big difference!

Apples

Apples are another healthy choice for dogs, as they offer a ton of fiber. You can feed apples raw or cooked down. Just make sure you don’t provide your dog with apples that may have added sugar or spices. Another thing to keep in mind with apples is to keep the core and seeds away from your dog, as these could be poisonous. 

Our list includes plenty of foods to serve your pup on Thanksgiving to make him feel as if he is feasting like a king. The key thing to remember is plain is the best way to go! Don’t add any special spices, juices, marinades, creams, or oils to the foods you will be feeding your pup. 

On the flip side here is an entire list of foods that could be potentially fatal to dogs if consumed. Be sure to keep these foods away from your dog. It’s always a good idea to inform any guests not to feed your dog any food, unless under your supervision.

  • Turkey skin or bones
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Casseroles
  • Pumpkin Pie 
  • Chocolate Desserts
  • Salads containing raisins or grapes
  • Scallions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Turkey skin or bones
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Casseroles
  • Pumpkin Pie 
  • Chocolate Desserts
  • Salads containing raisins or grapes
  • Scallions
  • Alcoholic Beverages