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Dog-Friendly Thanksgiving Foods – Ideal Pet Products


on November 6, 2020

When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of food. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes and cake to be precise. And if you have a dog, there is one more thing you can add to this list: big, sincere doggie eyes. If you’re similar to us, you can’t resist – but you also want to make sure the food you inevitably feed Fido doesn’t make him sick later.

To make your life a little easier (and to keep that begging pooch out of the kitchen), we’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly Thanksgiving foods – along with some goodies that should only be reserved for humans.


  • TURKEY MEAT. Your dog can safely gobble some turkey, but keep the rich skin and sharp bones out of reach.
  • SIMPLE POTATOES. Give your pooch a few bites before adding any garlic, onion, or cream.
  • SWEET POTATOES. Sweet potatoes and yams are perfectly healthy for puppies – provided you save the marshmallows for yourself.
  • FRESH PUMPKIN. Pumpkin is a perfect addition to your dog’s plate, as long as it’s cooked and simple.
  • SIMPLE PEAS. They may not seem too appealing to you, but trust us – your dog will love them.


  • Pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling often contains xylitol, which can be fatal to dogs.
  • FILLING. Anything that has added spices, butter, and other rich ingredients can cause pancreatitis or other digestive disorders in dogs.
  • Onions, garlic, and green onions. Garlic and onions can be especially toxic to puppies.
  • MASHED POTATOES. Did we mention butter, garlic, and rich ingredients?
  • CHOCOLATE DESSERTS. General rule of thumb for dogs: Chocolate = toxic. But that’s good news for you because who wants to share chocolate?
  • ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. Is it super cute that your dog seems really interested in your pumpkin beer? Yes. Should you give him a taste? No!
  • Salads with raisins or grapes. Veterinarians recently discovered that grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

These guidelines will help you and your dog have a memorable Thanksgiving day! PS Give your pup a teeth cleaning instead of the dessert.

Should your dog accidentally pick up something potentially dangerous when you aren’t looking, send the phone number to the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) as well as the number and address of your local emergency veterinarian in a place where all household members can be see.



Robert Dunfee