Thanksgiving is all about great food and family and friends. It’s important to note that some of the holiday treats you are so fond of can be dangerous to your dog and make them terribly ill.

These are the 10 foods to avoid giving your dog on Thanksgiving:


This may seem strange but bones no matter the size are bad for your dog and may lead to a trip to the vet for surgery or even cause death. Throw out bones when making your meals to ensure your dog doesn’t get to them.

Raw turkey

The risk of salmonella in raw turkey can lead to serious health complications for your dog.

Turkey skin

Fatty foods such as turkey skin make it very difficult for your dog to digest causing a condition known as pancreatitis where your dog’s pancreas becomes inflamed.


Beer tends to mess up with a dog’s stomach so avoid giving your dog beer at all costs. Some dogs love it but too much can lead to rapid heartbeat, seizures, fever, liver damage and even death.

Dough or cake batter

Dough and your dog’s body heat can actually make it rise in your dog’s stomach causing bloating, abdominal pain and vomiting. Additionally, the raw eggs in the dough or batter, poses a great risk of your dog catching salmonella. Clean up any scraps or droppings that fall on the floor immediately.


Fungi is very bad for you dog as it leads to seizures, vomiting, coma and even death.

Macadamia Nuts

These nuts are particularly dangerous for a dog because they cause a condition called nut toxicosis whose symptoms vary from lethargy to vomiting and even to your dog being unable to stand up.

Onions and garlic

Onions and garlic are very dangerous to dogs because they contain sulfides which are toxic to them. This leads to the destruction of red blood cells causing anemia.


Ensure that whatever food you give your dog does not contain nutmeg because the hallucinogenic properties found in it, however mild, can cause tremors, seizures and problems in the dog’s central nervous system.


Sage is commonly found in many Thanksgiving recipes but should be avoided at all costs by your dog due to its resins and oils which can easily upset your dog’s stomach.

Thanksgiving Treats You CAN Share With Your Dog:

Turkey breast

A small amount of turkey breast is safe to feed your dog as long as your dog does not have any food allergies. Ensure that the piece of string that wraps the turkey is out of reach to avoid accidental ingestion by your dog.


Properly baked bread can be given in small amounts to dogs safely as it provides a low-calorie snack for your dog.

Salmon and Cheese

A small amount of salmon and cheese serve as a healthy and tasty treat for your dog.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, in moderation, and without spices, seasonings or butter are great to share with your dog. Serve his potatoes as plain as possible to avoid allergies or illness.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple that your dog can enjoy in a very, very small amount. The added sugar makes it only possible for your dog to have a little taste.

Green Beans

Green beans are great as a year round healthy, tasty treat. Frozen or cooked many dogs will simply beg for more!

There are many Thanksgiving dishes that your dog should not be allowed to enjoy however, you can see there are a few things you can slip to him under the table without putting his health and well-being at risk. Happy Thanksgiving!