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A Guide to a Pup-Approved, Dog-Safe Food on Thanksgiving

dog safe food for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we know you want your beloved pup in on the celebration too! Bonding over delicious food with our loved ones is one of the best feelings. With just some research and precaution, our pups can join in on  the tasty fun! Ensure your dog is getting the best (and non-toxic) feast this Thanksgiving with our guide to pup-approved food!


Sweet potatoes and potatoes

These root veggies are a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. They are high in beta-carotene and fiber and aid digestion. Just be sure you are giving it to your pup in moderation and without butter or spices. You can serve it to them mashed or steamed (cut into pieces).


Apples are a delicious crunchy treat for dogs! They are an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Be sure to remove the skin and seeds before serving. Another great option is unsweetened pure applesauce as a sweet topper.


Protein (turkey, chicken, beef, etc.)

Dogs can pretty much eat all types of protein but traditionally, turkey is served for Thanksgiving. Serve up your pup a delicious plate of shredded, unseasoned turkey. For a balanced diet, choose turkey breast over other parts of the turkey as this is lower in fat and healthier for your dog.


Green beans (and other veggies)

Green beans are filling and low in calories, like most other veggies, and a great supplement in your dog’s diet. We recommend serving veggies boiled or steamed and unseasoned. Other non-toxic and safe vegetables (in small amounts) include:

  • Carrot
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas



Pumpkin is a doggy superfood loaded with beneficial nutrients and fiber. Please serve the pumpkin fresh, mashed, or canned as long as there are no additives and seasoning. 


Bread and cheese

Bread and cheese are both relatively safe for dogs in small amounts. The bread must be fully baked and preferably low in calorie fillers (no toppers, sprinkles, excessive butter, etc.). 



Want to go the extra mile and serve up some delicious gravy? You can purchase pre-made dog gravy or whip up one yourself with minimal, dog-safe ingredients. Check out this recipe here!

For more dog-safe foods, check out this website.


Unsafe Dog Foods

dog safe food for thanksgiving

Some of the servings on your dining room table are going to be hard no’s in your dog’s diet. If you’re having guests over, make sure they know not to pass anything to your dog or you can avoid dog-toxic food in your feast altogether. Watch out for these:

  • Onions and garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Raisins
  • Cooked bones
  • Heavy fats like butter and turkey skin
  • Alcohol
  • Nutmeg
  • Chocolate
  • Avocado

How are you and your pup celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to sign up here to get the latest on dog-friendly travel news, doggy tips, and updates.

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