What Can Dogs Eat on Thanksgiving?

Today in our blog, we dive into a topic close to every pet owner’s heart: what can our beloved dogs indulge in during the Thanksgiving feast? We understand that your furry family members are an integral part of your holiday celebrations, and you want to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable time. We’ve created a brief guide below, with which we’ll explore the Thanksgiving foods that are not only delicious for your pooch but also safe for them to savor!

Before we embark on this culinary adventure, be sure to reach out to Providence Veterinary Hospital and Clinic at (510) 521-6608 or (510) 521-5775 if you have any specific concerns about your pet’s dietary needs. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing the best care and guidance to keep your canine companions healthy.

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Turkey: The Star of the Feast

Let’s start with the centerpiece of Thanksgiving – the turkey. It’s no secret that dogs adore the smell and taste of this savory bird. Thankfully, turkey is a safe and nutritious treat for your four-legged friend, packed with protein. However, there are a few important guidelines to follow:

Remove the Bones

Always make sure to debone the turkey before serving it to your dog. Cooked bones can splinter and pose a choking hazard or damage your pet’s digestive tract.

Leave the Meat Unseasoned

Be sure to feed your dog only plain, unseasoned turkey without any butter, garlic, onions, or other flavorings that can be harmful to dogs.

Everything in Moderation

Treats should complement your dog’s regular diet, so don’t overindulge in turkey, as it can lead to digestive upset for your pet. 

Dog-Safe Side Dishes

Now, let’s explore some delicious side dishes that your canine companion can enjoy in moderation.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving favorite, and they’re equally delightful for dogs. These orange gems are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You can prepare them for your pup by boiling or baking them without any added sugar, butter, or spices. Your dog will appreciate the natural sweetness!

Green Beans

Green beans are another excellent choice for your dog’s holiday plate. They are low in calories and packed with vitamins. Opt for fresh, steamed, or boiled green beans without any butter or seasonings. Chopped into bite-sized pieces, they make a crunchy and healthy treat.


Pumpkin is not only a symbol of fall but also a nutritious option for dogs. It’s rich in fiber and can even help with digestion. Serve plain, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) in small amounts as a special treat for your dog. It can also serve as a topping for your dog’s regular food.

Paws Off: Foods to Avoid 

As much as we’d like our furry companions to partake in the tasty holiday festivities, several foods should stay far away from their curious noses and mouths:


Traditional stuffing often contains onions, garlic, and other seasonings that are harmful to dogs. Additionally, the high fat content can lead to pancreatitis, a severe condition in canines.


While gravy may be a Thanksgiving essential for us, it’s best to keep it off your dog’s plate. Gravy is typically high in salt and fat, which can upset your pup’s stomach and lead to health issues, and it may contain onions and garlic, too.


Avoid sharing desserts like pies, cakes, and cookies with your dog, as they often contain ingredients like chocolate, raisins, and xylitol, which are all toxic to dogs.

Contact Us for More Advice About Your Dog’s Diet

Thanksgiving can be a delightful time for your dog if you choose the right foods and exercise caution. Turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin can be wonderful additions to their holiday meal. Always remove bones, seasonings, and high-fat, high-sugar foods from their portions. If you have any concerns about your pet’s diet or well-being, feel free to reach out to Providence Veterinary Hospital and Clinic at (510) 521-6608 or (510) 521-5775. Our team is here to provide expert guidance and ensure your furry family members stay healthy and happy throughout the holiday season.

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