Feeding Fido On Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2009 by Dan

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and most dog owners tend to slip their pets something special to celebrate the holiday. While a few extras probably aren’t going to hurt your dog, feeding too many of the wrong goodies can cause stomach upset (which will lead to *very unpleasant results later!*) or in more severe cases,Pancreatitis and obstructions. Here’s a list of some Thanksgiving “yums” and “yucks” for you to remember this year. Please keep in mind that *any* holiday snacks should be fed in moderation and ideally placed in your dog’s bowl to avoid the habit of table begging!

Dal Drumstick

Photo by romeo’smom


* Boneless Poultry: Small bits of cooked turkey (or chicken) will make a healthy and tasty treat for your dog.
* Squash, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, etc: Veggies are vitamin and mineral rich treats that are safe for your dog. Save some without sweet or salty sauces on the side for your pup.

Bull Terrier Apple

Photo by spectrefloat

* Apples: cooked or raw, but avoid any sugary sauce.
* Cranberries: Avoid sugary sauce but if you have the real deal, see if your pup likes this Vitamin C rich berry!

* Cooked Bones: Cooked bones of any kind can splinter when your dog chews them, causing serious internal damage. Do not give them to your dog.
* Gravy: Gravy is simply too rich for the systems of most dogs and usually contains dairy (not to mention salt and sugar), which can cause G.I upset. If you’d like to create a simple “gravy” for your dog’s meal, adding leftover low-sodium chicken or beef broth to their meal works wonderfully!


Photo by Rudy Malmquist

* Fat Trimmings: While many people have a tendency to want to feed their dog’s the scraps of the Turkey, these fatty parts can be too rich and too seasoned. Stick to the actual meat of the bird if you’d like to give your dog a taste.
*Desserts Containing Chocolate or Macadamia Nuts: While most people know chocolate is toxic to dogs, the knowledge of Macadamia nut toxicity is not as wide-spread. Keep these sweets out of your dog’s reach!

One Response to “Feeding Fido On Thanksgiving!”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Thanks for sharing the “yums” and “yucks” with us. Great tips to keep in mind going into the holidays, for keeping our pets safe.

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