Pet Tips

Thanksgiving Foods Dogs CAN have!

November 4, 2022

thanksgiving foods dogsThanksgiving is almost upon us!  Lately, I’ve been starting to see countless numbers of images and articles that offer tips for keeping pets safe around the holidays.  This includes lists of holiday human foods that are not safe to feed your pet.  But did you know, that with a bit of forethought, there are some Thanksgiving foods that are safe to offer your pet in moderation?  If you have a hard time not giving in to your pooches’ puppy dog eyes, here are some healthy treat ideas that will make your dog feel like a part of the family during this year’s Thanksgiving feast!

Plain Mashed Potatoes:

Before you add seasonings like salt, butter, or pepper, set aside a small amount of plain mashed potatoes for your dog.  You can use a few spoons full of plain potatoes as a tasty topper to spice up your dog’s normal food.  Plain, cooked potatoes are safe for dogs and most of them enjoy the flavor.

Plain Vegetables:

thanksgiving foods dogsVegetables, such as carrots, green beans, and squash are also safe for dogs.  However, they should also be offered plain, without things such as seasonings or butter.  Although dogs can eat most vegetables raw, cooking them breaks down the vegetables cell walls and makes them easier for dogs to digest.


As long as your pet doesn’t have a poultry allergy, turkey is actually ok for pets.  Just remember never to feed dogs cooked bones, and avoid feeding cooked turkey skin, as it’s high in fat.  But a small piece of lean (white) turkey meat mixed in with your pet’s normal food shouldn’t cause any problems for most pups.


Plain rolls without any butter are okay to give your dogs in small amounts.

Plain Pumpkin:

100% canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) doesn’t contain any additives and is safe for dogs.  Make sure to put some aside for your pooch before using it to make pumpkin pie, because pumpkin pie is high in sugar and not good for pets.

There you have it – a list of common Thanksgiving foods that you can feed your dog!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the key to feeding your pets ‘human’ food is to only feed plain foods, and to do so in moderation.  This may take a bit of planning on your part, since most human Thanksgiving dishes are served with ample spices and butter.  But it shouldn’t be too hard to set aside a bit of plain food for your pup, and your dog will love getting a specially made Thanksgiving dinner just for him!

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If you are unsure about whether a certain food is safe for your pet or not, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and either opt to feed only foods that you already know are safe, or call your vet and ask about any unknown foods.

Alternatively, if you’d like to make a special treat for your pup this Thanksgiving, but would rather not give him/her human Thanksgiving foods, you can consider cooking your pup his own extra special homemade treats!

I’d like to wish all my readers a very happy, fun, and safe Thanksgiving!

I’m early, I know, depending on when you’re reading this.  But Kit, Fen, and I are wishing everyone who celebrates a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

Comment below!  If you celebrate Thanksgiving, are you planning on sharing any of your meal with your pet?  What types of “human” food are your pet’s favorite?

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  • Reply Britt K November 28, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Although our Thanksgiving is in October, this made me smile! Our dogs LOVE carrots but they get those all year round, so that’s not much of a special holiday treat. However, we try to make them some homemade (dog-friendly) pumpkin pies each year so that when we’re enjoying our dessert, they can enjoy theirs as well. They are always a big hit!

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack November 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Happy (very) belated Thanksgiving! My Kitsune loves carrots too! He’s on a diet, so I give them to him once in awhile as a low calorie snack. Fen doesn’t like them as much as Kit does, but he’ll eat them once in awhile. I bet your dogs loved their pumpkin pies! That’s such a good idea as a fun little holiday treat for them.

  • Reply Beth November 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving! My dogs enjoyed some turkey and (plain) cooked potatoes this year.

    We missed having my sisters over this year, but hopefully, we’ll be able to celebrate together next year!

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack November 30, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Happy (late) Thanksgiving to you too! My Fenrir loves turkey, and I gave both my dogs a small amount of plain potatoes this year too. I was happy to share, since I made WAY too much mashed potatoes for just two people! Hopefully next year will be a bit more normal for everyone. It’s a weird year for sure, but still so much to be Thankful for.

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