5 Foods NOT to Feed Your Dog at Thanksgiving!

5 Foods NOT to Feed to Your Dog at Thanksgiving!

 Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving a few days away, it’s very important to keep in mind that not every food can be fed to our pets. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of cooking a ton of food for your Thanksgiving feast. You may be tempted to give your dog a quick treat while preparing the meal or even during dinner. Your guests also may not be aware of the dangers of feeding pets human food. There is no harm in warning guests beforehand not to feed your dog food unless they check with you first. It is very important to be aware of the risks and possible dangers for pets. If in doubt, give a doggy treat instead of human food or consult with your family vet first!  We want our fur-kids to be happy and healthy!

5 Foods NOT to feed your dog!


Turkey Bones


This is a huge NO! A lot of people might not actually know this but turkey bones are extremely toxic for your pets. You might think it’s a great treat for your dog but in reality, it can be very harmful for them. Bones can cause severe indigestion and cause potential vomiting and obstructed bowels. Not to mention the bones may even puncture through the stomach, causing extreme discomfort for your pets, causing you to spend the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend at the vet’s office.


Mashed Potatoes


Mashed potatoes are another must have item at your Thanksgiving feast. They are also another item that can’t be fed to your dogs. Although potatoes are safe, mashed potatoes include many other ingredients. Milk products can be harmful to pets who are sensitive to lactose. Onion and garlic powder are other ingredients that are extremely toxic to pets and can cause major digestive issues.




Stuffing typically consists of many ingredients and can create a toxic mix for your pup. Ingredients such as onion and garlic can be harmful to your pet’s digestion system. Stuffing with all its delicious flavors can be life threatening to your pets as it could potentially cause anemia, which is the destruction of the red blood cells. This makes stuffing a huge red X for pets!



 Chocolate Chunks

Although many people already know this, chocolate is a big NO for your dogs. This can include any small amounts of chocolate. During the Thanksgiving season, many deserts will contain chocolate, even in a small portion of the desserts. Make sure you are letting guests know and asking them in advanced what ingredients are in their desserts before you even think to give some to your dog.


Pumpkin Pie

 Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple dessert at any Thanksgiving celebration. Be aware that although pumpkin pie is a crowd favorite, it is unsafe to enjoy with your dog. If you do want to share pumpkin with your furry friends, they are more than welcome to try plain, canned pumpkin, but stay away from pumpkin pie.


There you have it, 5 foods NOT to share with your dogs during Thanksgiving.  These are not the only foods that are harmful to pets.  Please check first with your vet before giving any human foods to pets.  Be safe, not sorry!  Have a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving with your friends, family and all your furry friends!  


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