Our Pup Maui loves his snack time and of course, when he looks at me with those puppy eyes it’s hard to resist giving him goodies and scraps.
It’s tough for humans to resist a table full of Thanksgiving goodies. The same could be said for dogs. If you’re tempted to give your fur baby a taste of Thanksgiving, the American Kennel Club says certain foods are safe and healthy to share, but others could send you on a trip to the veterinarian.
Below is a list of which kinds of foods you can safely feed your dog, and what items you should definitely avoid:
Safe to feed your dogs
- Sweet potatoes that don’t contain any added ingredients
- Potatoes that are boiled or baked with no butter, sour cream, salt, or pepper, served in moderation
- Apples that are cut around the core. Large amounts of apple seeds can be toxic
- Turkey meat (no bones, no skin) as long as it’s not prepared with any seasoning
- Green beans without any added ingredients like butter or spices
- Plain peas are fine, but creamed peas should be avoided
- Pumpkin can help with digestive health and it’s great for a dog’s skin and coat, but if feeding canned pumpkin, make sure it’s not the pre-spiced pie mix
- Dessert is an option if you pick something healthy like frozen yogurt
Not safe for pets
- Turkey bones, skin, and gravy
- Mashed potatoes
- Creamed peas
- Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets (especially anything containing xylitol)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Raisins and grapes
- Onions, scallions, and garlic
- Yeast dough
- Fatty foods
- Foods containing spices
If your dog snatches something off the table while your back is turned, you can contact the Pet Poison Helpline for guidance on what to do next.