Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog Can Enjoy

Thanksgiving is coming up quick! It’s always good to spend some quality time with your loved ones and enjoy some delicious seasonal food. If you have a dog, your pup will definitely be paying close attention as you start cooking. There’s nothing wrong with giving your canine buddy a special holiday treat! After all, dogs are definitely pretty high on the list of things to be thankful for. Just be careful with what you offer Fido, as many holiday foods are poisonous to dogs. Read on as a North Phoenix, AZ vet lists some food your dog can eat.


Fido can definitely enjoy a bit of the main course. Just be sure to only offer your furry buddy cooked, plain turkey, with the skin, bones, and fat removed. Your canine friend can also have other types of poultry, such as duck or chicken; fish; or meat, such as steak or beef. The same rules apply, however: don’t give your four-legged pal anything raw, seasoned, or on the bone.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are perfectly safe for Fido. In fact, they’re actually good for him! Just hold the extras. Spices, butter, and other toppings are not on your pet’s safe foods list.

Certain Veggies

Aside from sweet potatoes, your pup can also have small amounts of peas, green beans, potatoes, carrots, squash, or spinach. As with the other options, be sure to only offer him cooked, unseasoned foods.


You may be able to share a few of your appetizers with your canine buddy. Fido can have a bit of boiled egg or cheese. One or two meatballs, pepperoni slices, or cocktail wieners will be fine as well.

Foods To Avoid

Never give your four-legged pal garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. These items are especially concerning as they are often used as seasonings. Also on the no-no list are grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; nuts; alcohol; and pitted fruits, particularly avocados. You’ll also want to avoid giving your canine companion raw dough, meat, or yeast. Last but not least, products made with xylitol are also dangerous. Xylitol is found in many processed foods, so be sure to check labels before handing your furry friend his snack.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please do not hesitate to contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re always here to help!

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