Ensuring a pet-friendly Thanksgiving: What your dog can and can’t eat

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023

As families gather around the table to give thanks and indulge in the traditional Thanksgiving feast, it’s crucial to consider the safety of our four-legged companions. While the holiday is synonymous with warmth, gratitude and cherished customs, the culinary delights can pose risks to our canine friends.

It’s important to remember there are several foods common at Thanksgiving that dogs must avoid eating. The following are examples that can be harmful to Fido:


  • Onions and Garlic: These aromatic ingredients, often present in stuffing and savory dishes, can be harmful to dogs, causing digestive issues and potential toxicity.
  • Ham and Turkey Bones: While the rich flavors of ham and turkey are staples of the Thanksgiving spread, bones can splinter, posing a choking hazard or causing internal injuries to our furry friends.
  • Casseroles: Many casseroles contain ingredients like onions, garlic, and creamy sauces, making them a risky choice for our canine companions.
  • Grapes: A popular snack in various Thanksgiving dishes, grapes can be toxic to dogs, leading to kidney damage.


Safe Thanksgiving delights for pooches include:


  • Carrots and Celery: These crunchy vegetables make for excellent, safe treats, offering a satisfying chew for dogs.
  • Turkey (sans skin): While the skin may be too fatty, plain, cooked turkey meat provides a protein-packed and dog-friendly option.
  • Corn (without the cob): Corn kernels, when removed from the cob, are a wholesome addition to your dog’s holiday menu.
  • Apples: Sliced apples, minus the seeds, can serve as a sweet and nutritious treat for your furry friend.
  • Pumpkin: Whether incorporated into dog-friendly recipes or served plain, pumpkin is a Thanksgiving superfood for dogs, aiding in digestion and providing essential nutrients.


This Thanksgiving, let’s ensure that our pets enjoy the holiday festivities safely. By being mindful of the ingredients in our dishes, we can keep our canine companions healthy and happy, allowing everyone to partake in the joyous spirit of gratitude and togetherness.