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Thanksgiving And Your Pup: What Foods Are Safe?

Our dogs are probably already drooling at the thought of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie this upcoming Thanksgiving. So are we. When the ever-indulgent holiday rolls around, and a big feast occurs, our pups will likely be near the dinner table begging for scraps and leftovers. 



But what’s safe to feed your dog and what’s unsafe?

Here is a list, from the American Kennel Club (AKC). Read the full article on their website!


  • Sweet potatoes

  • Potatoes

  • Apples

  • Turkey meat (without the skin and bones)

  • Green beans

  • Plain peas

  • Pumpkin

  • Certain desserts (no chocolate, of course!) – a healthy one is frozen yogurt 

Unsafe and Unhealthy:

  • Turkey bones, skin and gravy

  • Stuffing

  • Casseroles

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Creamed peas

  • Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets (especially anything containing xylitol)

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Raisins and grapes

  • Onions, scallions, and garlic

  • Ham

  • Yeast dough

  • Fatty foods

  • Foods containing spices


AKC also advises to take out the trash quickly so your dog, a super sniffer, can’t get into it and dig out any harmful foods. If your dog does accidentally ingest something toxic, contact the Pet Poison Helpline or a local vet.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your pup! Let’s ensure it’s both delicious and safe. 

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