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Thanksgiving Feasts for Furry Friends: What Your Dog Can and Can't Have

As Thanksgiving approaches, many families eagerly anticipate the delicious feasts that come with this festive holiday. However, it's essential to remember that our furry friends are part of the family too, and their safety and well-being should be a top priority. While sharing the joy of Thanksgiving with your dog can be delightful, it's crucial to be aware of the foods that are safe and those that should be avoided. In this blog post, we'll guide you through a list of Thanksgiving foods that your dog can and can't have, ensuring a happy and healthy holiday for everyone.

Foods Dogs Can Have:

  1. Turkey: Lean, cooked turkey without any bones or added seasonings is a safe and protein-rich option for your dog. Remove the skin and excess fat to prevent digestive issues.

  2. Sweet Potatoes: These are a great source of vitamins and fiber for your dog. Ensure they are plain, cooked, and free from any added sugars or seasonings.

  3. Green Beans: Fresh or lightly steamed green beans can make a crunchy and healthy treat for your dog. They are low in calories and high in fiber.

  4. Plain Pumpkin: Plain, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is an excellent source of fiber and can help with digestion. It's a festive addition to your dog's Thanksgiving meal.

  5. Cranberries: Fresh or cooked cranberries in moderation are safe for dogs. However, be cautious with cranberry sauce, as it often contains high amounts of sugar.

Foods Dogs Can't Have:

  1. Bones: Turkey bones, whether cooked or uncooked, can splinter and cause serious harm to your dog's digestive tract. Keep bones away from your furry friend.

  2. Onions and Garlic: These common Thanksgiving ingredients can be toxic to dogs and should be avoided in any form, including cooked, raw, or powdered.

  3. Nuts: While some nuts are safe for dogs in moderation, it's best to avoid nuts altogether during the holidays. Macadamia nuts, in particular, can be toxic to dogs.

  4. Stuffing: Many stuffing recipes contain ingredients like onions, garlic, and sometimes even raisins, all of which are harmful to dogs. Additionally, the high-fat content in stuffing can lead to digestive upset.

  5. Desserts: Keep desserts, especially those containing chocolate, artificial sweeteners (like xylitol), and excessive sugar, away from your dog. These ingredients can be toxic and lead to various health issues.


This Thanksgiving, include your furry friend in the festivities by providing them with a safe and dog-friendly feast. Remember to keep portions moderate and be mindful of the ingredients in the dishes you share with your dog. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a happy and healthy holiday season for both you and your canine companion.

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