Keeping Your Pup's Plate Safe: Avoid These Thanksgiving Foods

Posted by Justin Ramb
Thanksgiving is a time to come together, express gratitude, and indulge in delicious feasts. Thanksgiving dishes are tasty for us but potentially harmful for our pets. In this blog post, we'll explore the top five Thanksgiving foods to avoid feeding your dog. Additionally, we'll share tips on how to create a safe Thanksgiving feast that your pup can enjoy, ensuring everyone has a festive and worry-free holiday.

Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid for Your Dog

1. Grapes & Raisins:

Grapes and raisins are often found in dishes like salads or desserts and can be extremely toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can lead to kidney failure. Symptoms of grape or raisin toxicity can include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

2. Chocolate:

Chocolate is a no-go for dogs year-round, and Thanksgiving is no exception. It contains theobromine and caffeine, which are very harmful to dogs. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and baking chocolate have higher levels of these toxins. Ingesting chocolate can lead to symptoms such as restlessness, increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, and, in severe cases, seizures.

3. Stuffing:

Stuffing often contains ingredients like onions, garlic, and spices, which can be toxic to dogs. These ingredients can lead to gastrointestinal distress and, in severe cases, can harm a dog's red blood cells. Keep your pup's plate stuffing-free, and they'll thank you for it.

4. Turkey Bones:

It's tempting to give your dog a turkey bone to gnaw on, but this can be a highly dangerous decision. Poultry bones, when cooked, become brittle and can splinter easily, posing a choking hazard or, worse, causing internal injuries. Instead, opt for dog-friendly chew toys to keep your pup occupied.

5. Ham:

While ham is a staple on many Thanksgiving tables, it's high in fat and salt, which can lead to pancreatitis and sodium ion poisoning in dogs. Plus, many hams are glazed with sugary or even toxic substances. It's best to keep your pup away from this festive dish.

How to Make a Safe Thanksgiving Feast for Your Pets

Now that we've identified the foods to avoid, let's talk about creating a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving feast for your furry friend. With a little planning, your pup can have their own Thanksgiving meal to enjoy alongside the family's festivities.

1. Cook Dog-Friendly Dishes:

Consider preparing a separate meal for your pup using dog-safe ingredients. Turkey meat, cooked plain without any seasonings, can be a tasty treat for your dog. Just be sure to remove the skin and any bones. You can also cook some plain, unseasoned vegetables like sweet potatoes, green beans, or carrots, which are safe for dogs and a great addition to their Thanksgiving plate.

2. Special Dog Treats:

Treat your pup to some special Thanksgiving-themed dog treats or biscuits. There are many pet stores and online shops that offer festive treats made specifically for dogs. This way, your furry friend can enjoy the holiday flavors without the risks.

3. Doggie Mashed Potatoes:

For a dog-friendly alternative to traditional mashed potatoes, you can prepare a batch just for your pup. Simply mash some cooked plain potatoes without butter, salt, or seasonings. Your dog will love this creamy side dish.

4. Avoid the Seasonings:

When cooking for your pup, remember to keep it plain. Avoid using spices, herbs, and seasoning salt in their dishes, as these can upset their stomachs.

5. Watch for Accidental Droppings:

With so much going on in the kitchen, it's not uncommon for food to fall on the floor accidentally. Be vigilant about cleaning up any dropped food promptly to prevent your pup from consuming something they shouldn't.

6. Respect the Routine:

While it's a festive occasion, try to keep your dog's routine as close to normal as possible. This will help them feel more secure and comfortable during the holiday festivities.


By taking these precautions, you can ensure that everyone in your family – including your four-legged family members – has a safe and festive Thanksgiving celebration.

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