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Keep Thanksgiving Cheerful by Knowing What to Share with Your Pup

Keep Thanksgiving Cheerful by Knowing What to Share with Your Pup

While I offer this as my own experiences and what I find on the web, always do your own research and check with your vet before adjusting your pets' diets.

As a home that is ruled by three dogs and a cat (ok the cat is the ruler), we are always being subjected to that pleading puppy look to get a little something of what we are eating. We are always tempted to cave but we love our critters too much to subject them, even unknowingly, to harm. 

During Thanksgiving there is generally an overabundance of food which makes it even easier to justify giving Fido just a bit of that pie, dinner roll, or even that stuffing that you don't like but had to put on your plate. If you can't help yourself, read on for the Do's and Don'ts of sharing your bountiful harvest.

 From the AKC's Expert Advice Page: Thanksgiving tends to coincide with an uptick in vet visits, due to dogs being fed unsafe human foods. Turkey meat, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are all safe, healthy foods to share with your dog. Bones, sweets, alcohol, and fatty foods are all things that should be avoided by dogs.



    • Turkey (without the bones or skin)
    • Plain potatoes or sweet potatoes
    • Apples
    • Plain pumpkin
    • Plain peas
    • Green beans
    • Carrots
    • Bread
    • Cheese
    • Rice
    • Corn


    • Turkey skin
    • Turkey bones
    • Turkey stuffing
    • Turkey gravy
    • Candy and gum
    • Chocolate
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Sweet potatoes with added ingredients
    • Pumpkin pie
    • Alcohol
    • Grapes or raisins
    • Onions
    • Scallions
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