How to Prepare Your Furry Friend’s Dinner Plate for Thanksgiving


Nov 13th

 Who doesn’t love the food served on Thanksgiving?! The American holiday has been the source for new and old food recipes, and traditions, that take hours of labor to create, and only minutes to consume. If you own a dog, you know that they are always nearby the kitchen on this popular food day. The majority of dogs seem invincible when it comes to devouring any source of delicious human food but, there’s only a handful of Thanksgiving foods that your furry friend can actually consume without facing health concerns, like severe upset bellies. Here’s what you can and cannot serve your doggo pal on Thanksgiving…

  • Turkey- The highly admired turkey that we humans put our blood, sweat, and tears into while cooking all day isn’t the best for your furry friend. This may come across as a surprise to most because, turkey is a main ingredient in plenty of dog foods. Unfortunately, the turkey that we slave over and serve on Thanksgiving contains the skin, higher concentrates of fats, and additive seasonings all over, which can be toxic to your dog. If you want to share some turkey with your fur baby, make sure it’s plain and cooked without any additives. Also make sure to remove the skin and check to make sure there’s no bones for your dog to accidentally ingest.
  • Potatoes- Whether you’re serving mashed regular potatoes or sweet potato mash, these dishes may not be the best for your furry friend. Regular mashed potatoes are usually cooked with lots of butter, cream, and salt, all in which are not good for your doggo’s tummy. Sweet potato mash dishes are usually served as “sweet” casseroles that contain marshmallows and high levels of sugar, also not good for your doggo’s tummy. Plain sweet potatoes are the best to share with your furry friend on Thanksgiving. The best way to serve them is if you roast them without any additives.
  • Gravy- This delicious classic can easily upset your furry friend’s tummy. A perfect alternative to human gravy is dog gravy! The easiest way to make it is to take a can of ground wet food, at 13 ounces, (not the chunky kind) and melt it down on the stovetop with 10 ounces of water. While you’re warming up the wet dog food and water combination on the stove top, in a separate bowl take 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix it with 1 tablespoon of water. Stir until it’s smooth and then add it to the mixture of wet dog food and water on the stovetop, bring it to a boil and stir until completely blended. Once cooled, this concoction can be poured over the plate you’re serving to your dog. It’s the best alternative to regular human gravy and still gives the same effect when used for your furry friend’s meal.
  • Cranberry Dishes- Better to not even bother trying to incorporate any cranberries into your dog’s Thanksgiving plate unless your dog likes the taste of plain raw cranberries. The majority of cranberry sauces and dishes include high sugar contents and possible liquor or raisin additives. Raisin intoxication on it’s own can land you and your furry friend in the vet’s office and, end with a high vet bill and a very unhappy dog. Just skip the cranberries!
  • String Bean Casserole- Another tasty dish that’s popularly served on Thanksgiving that should be avoided on your furry friend’s plate. There’s a lot of additives like cream, salt, and butter that can really upset your dog’s tummy if they consume too much. A healthy alternative to add some green to your doggo’s Thanksgiving plate are plain string beans! They’re a super veggie for dogs and can be paired with dog gravy for a more appetising taste.
  • Stuffing- Most humans love this Thanksgiving dish and want to share the same love for their favorite dish with their furry friend, PLEASE DON’T GIVE YOUR DOG STUFFING! Some main ingredients for stuffing include onions, garlic, raisins, and spices, all in which are extremely toxic to dogs. If consumed, your dog can face life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis, or even kidney failure. This is another classic to just completely skip out on.
  • Pumpkin Pie- The perfect ending to a filling meal that’s usually served with whip cream or maybe some vanilla ice cream. This is yet another big no no for dogs. Pumpkin pie contains tons of sugar and spices that can really upset your dog’s digestive system. You can however serve a scoop of plain canned pumpkin on your dog’s Thanksgiving plate. Be sure to not give too much, make sure you look up how much your dog’s stomach can handle based on their weight, otherwise you can end up having to take your dog outside for more “potty breaks”, (pumpkin can create loose stool).
  • Fruitcake- This other delicious concoction served as a happy ending to humans will not give your dog’s the same “happy ending”. Fruitcakes usually contain raisins, yeast, alcohol, and high levels of acidity that can really pose a serious threat to your furry friend. Feel free to mash up some plain apples for your dog’s consumption if you want to add some fruit to their Thanksgiving plate.

We hope this list will help prepare you for our favorite American Holiday! May you and your furry friend have a very happy “gobble gobble” day!



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Author: Rachel Canavan-Achaev


Last updated: January 08, 2019

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