Thanksgiving Foods To Avoid Feeding Your Dog

The month of November is all about being thankful for what we have. Thanksgiving is all about eating great food and spending time with family, friends, and pets! There is no doubt that your dog’s mouth will water while you’re in the kitchen cooking up a storm. However, many foods we enjoy are hazardous for your pet. 

To avoid interrupting your Thanksgiving celebrations, continue reading this blog for a list of Thanksgiving foods to avoid feeding your dog.



Bones are simply a choking hazard. When bones are cooked, they become softer, making it easier for them to split apart and create pointy sharp pieces. If your dog isn’t careful, they can choke on them. It is easier to avoid feeding them bones from your turkey or other poultry items. Opt for a bully stick or some rawhide instead.


Raw turkey

The most significant risk of feeding your dog raw turkey is, of course, salmonella poisoning. If your dog gets a hold of any uncooked meat, bring them to the vet right away. You may notice symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Since salmonellosis is a bacterial disease, your pet can also transfer it to you! Ensure that you are properly cleaning up after cooking raw meat as well. 


Turkey skin

Fatty foods such as turkey skin are difficult for your dog to digest. The additional fat and seasonings can irritate your dog’s stomach. In more severe cases, your dog can end up with pancreatitis, a condition in which their pancreas becomes inflamed. This condition can be life-threatening, so keep the turkey skin on your plate.


Alcoholic Beverages

Whether it be beer, wine, or liquor, any alcohol can mess up a dog’s stomach. Consuming alcohol in large quantities can cause rapid heartbeat, seizures, fever, liver damage and even death. There is no reason for them to be fed alcohol. They are content with drinking water daily.

Thanksgiving Foods To Avoid Feeding Your


Onions and Garlic

Among all the Thanksgiving foods to avoid feeding your dogs, onions and garlic always make it on the list. They are very dangerous to dogs because they contain sulphides which are toxic to them. It is important to note that ANY parts of onion and garlic are toxic to dogs. The skin, the leaves, and the juices are not to be consumed under any circumstances. Eating too much onion or garlic will lead to the destruction of red blood cells, causing anemia.

Baked Goods

From pies to cookies, to even just straight-up chocolate, these are all very toxic to your dog. First, baked goods contain too much sugar for your dog to handle. Keep all your chocolate out of your dog’s reach. Anything containing an ingredient called Xylitol is a no-go. Small amounts of Xylitol can lead to serious illness and even death, depending on how much your pup eats. 



Stuffing can contain many ingredients, from onions to garlic and mushrooms, among the other necessary ingredients. Mushrooms alone are fungi that are very bad for your dog, leading to seizures, vomiting, coma and even death.


Nuts and Seeds

While nuts and seeds make an excellent snack during the Thanksgiving holidays, they are not to be fed to your dogs. In particular, Macadamia nuts, raw cashews, pecans, pistachios, and almonds(to name a few) are very toxic to your dogs. These nuts are particularly dangerous for a dog because they cause nut toxicosis, whose symptoms vary from lethargy to vomiting and your dog’s inability to stand up.


Thanksgiving Treats You CAN Share With Your Dog!

Thankfully, there are some healthy Thanksgiving foods that you can share with your dog! Give them a plate with the following items:

Turkey breast

A small amount of turkey breast is safe to feed your dog as long as they don’t have any food allergies. You must ensure two things: #1: The turkey cannot be seasoned with anything, and #2, ensure that the piece of string that wraps around 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.



Pumpkin is a lovely treat to feed your dog this holiday season. It is high in fibre, so it aids in keeping the digestive system healthy! Do not feed your pet pumpkin pie filling. It is loaded with sugar and many other toxic ingredients. Read your labels carefully.



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


Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, without spices, seasonings or butter, are great to share with your dog. Serve your pup’s potatoes entirely plain to avoid allergies or illness.


Green Beans

Green beans are great as a year-round healthy, tasty treat. Frozen or cooked, many dogs will beg for more! Do not add any extra seasonings to green beans. Your dog will love them just the way they are

Around Thanksgiving, the number of vet visits tends to increase due to dogs being fed unsafe human foods. Do not let your dog be a part of the statistic! We hope this list of Thanksgiving foods to avoid feeding your pet will help you enjoy this holiday season. You can also stop by your local pet supply store to pick up some turkey-flavored food and treats so your dog doesn’t miss out, and there is no risk of them becoming ill! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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