Thanksgiving With Your Pet: What Foods Not to Share

Thanksgiving With Your Pet: What Foods Not to Share

Turkey Day is getting closer and closer, and for most of us, we’re already thinking longingly about the turkey and fixings coming our way. As dog owners, it’s tempting to share a little bit of whatever you’re enjoying with your four-legged best friend. It’s the least we can do, right? But before you pass the plate, there are a few new foods you might have in your home this time of year that you wouldn’t normally, some of which can cause major issues for your dog. Everybody knows to keep their dog away from chocolate, but did you know that garlic can be life-threatening for a dog as well?

Take a look at the list below and get ready for a relaxing, stress free Thanksgiving with your pets.

White and Black English Bulldog Stands in Front of Crackers on Bowl at Daytime


Stuffing is a dish that’s brimming with little ingredients that are hugely toxic to both dogs and cats. Depending on how you make your stuffing, it’s likely to contain onions, scallions or garlic, and some contain grapes or raisins. Each of these is highly dangerous for your dog or cat to eat and can lead to a life-threatening anemia. Grapes in a dog’s belly can cause irreversible and at times fatal kidney failure. Alliums, the family that includes onions, shallots, and garlic, are toxic and at best can lead to minor abdominal discomfort and at worst can cause major illnesses.


Ham is one of those treats dogs get all the time, as it seems like it’s mostly harmless. In small amounts, a little piece of ham won’t hurt your pet. However, the high fat content of pork products like ham means that even a little is contributing a large amount of calories to your pet’s daily diet, so keep it to a minimum. 

Turkey Bones

Dogs love bones, right? So what’s wrong with giving them some straight from the source? The problem with turkey and chicken bones is that as your dog chews on them, the bones are prone to splintering into pieces big and small. Once ingested, these sharp pieces can do real damage to the digestive tract. Better to stick to digestible rawhides so you don’t end up paying for emergency vet fees over the holiday weekend.

Assorted-variety of Foods on Plates on Dining Table

Bread Dough

This is one of the more obvious ones but consider it a reminder to keep dough that’s resting safely away from wandering dog noses. Raw dough isn’t good for our stomachs either, but for your cat or dog, the yeast can convert those sugars in the dough into carbon dioxide and alcohol, which can actually make your pets drunk and can cause dangerous bloating.

Mashed Potatoes

Although potatoes themselves aren’t harmful for your pets to eat, the milk and butter that goes into making mashed potatoes can cause indigestion issues in the four legged. This is another recipe as well that often includes garlic or onion powder, making it even more dangerous.

Wondering what Thanksgiving snacks you can slip to those puppy eyes? White meat from the turkey is safe as long as it’s fully cooked, a little bit of cranberry sauce won’t hurt them, and some mac and cheese leftovers are just fine. Plain green beans and potatoes are healthy treats to mix into their pet bowl as well.


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