The Do's and Don'ts About Feeding Your Pet Holiday Foods

The Do's and Don'ts About Feeding Your Pet Holiday Foods

  • Emily Robinson

If you didn't already know, Thanksgiving is tomorrow!!

Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family gather together to eat a wonderful meal, spend time in conversation, maybe watch a little football, and a whole lot of napping. 

Usually, our pets are either laying down at our feet while we dine at the table, sitting by the kitchen counter with their noses up in the air, or waiting for that one person to drop food on the ground. 

Oh the smells... the begging... the puppy dog eyes... 

But, when it comes to feeding your pet Holiday foods, there are some Do's and Don'ts to keep your pet safe! 


  • Turkey Skin, Drippings, or Gravy 
  • Turkey Twine
  • Turkey Bones
  • Stuffing
  • Sage
  • Raisins or Grapes
  • Onion + Garlic
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Fat Trimings + Fatty Foods
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Chocolate
  • Candied Yams
  • Butter
  • Bread Dough
  • Alcohol 

If you're going to allow your pet some scraps, DO FEED YOUR PET:

  • Turkey Meat -- be sure to remove any excess skin, fat, and bone & stick to white meat. 
  • Mashed Potatoes-- but be aware of additional ingredients such as cheese, sour creams, gravy, onions, etc.
  • Cranberry Sauce-- a little goes a long way due to the amount of sugar, so only provide a small helping to your dog's plate. 
  • Green Beans-- plain green beans and other vegetables are a great addition to any diet. But, if the green beans are part of a casserole, it is better to skip them. 
  • Sweet Potatoes-- cut up pieces of raw or dried sweet potato, and do not give them sweet potatoes from a canned mix. Sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows are toxic to dog because they contain, xylitol, an artificial sweetener. 
  • Carrots-- raw or cooked & unseasoned carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins. 
  • Bread Rolls-- but no raw dough!! 
  • Apple & Pumpkin-- before you mix your cut up apples or pumpkins for pie filling, toss some slices over to the dog.