It’s almost time for Thanksgiving! With that, you might be working on a game plan for what to cook, when to cook it, and what can be store-bought (we won’t tell anyone). Your pet may find the scent of a turkey roasting in the oven enticing, but not so fast! In general, it’s best to avoid giving table scraps to your furry friends, and it’s good to be aware of what Thanksgiving foods are particularly harmful to them. 

Turkey Bones

When the turkey’s gone, the bones that remain are NOT a good chew toy for your dog. They are brittle choking hazards that easily splinter if chewed.

Salty Turkey Skin

Your Thanksgiving turkey will be basted in several tasty herbs and spices, like sage or dill, which are bad for your dog’s tummy. The fatty skin, added salty brine, and added butter aren’t very good for dogs either. When they start throwing the puppy dog eyes, you can give those pups a tiny piece of turkey breast, though!


This Thanksgiving staple often contains onions, which poison dogs’ blood cells.


Sausage is more than meat. Sausage also contains onions, garlic, and a bunch of other ingredients we’ve already mentioned.

Garlic Bread

Garlic is a member of the onion family (as far as dogs are concerned), so this is also bad for their blood.

Fruit Salad

A good rule of thumb is to not feed dogs fruit with seeds or pits. These inflame doggie intestines. Yuck! So, no plums, peaches, or grapes. That includes raisins!

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie

This one’s tricky. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are suitable for dogs. But for Thanksgiving, many people add cinnamon and nutmeg to their pumpkin or sweet potato dishes, which aren’t so great for our pups.

Pecan Pie

Dogs shouldn’t be eating dessert anyway, but nuts can cause muscle spasms and weakness of the legs for up to 48 hours. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are the worst.


Whether wine or beer, alcohol is not good for dogs. Grapes and hops are both toxic to dogs, and so is the alcohol itself.

Ice Cream

Just like humans, some pups handle dairy just fine– others get a tummyache. It depends on your pup.

Moldy Foods

We’re sure you don’t intend to feed your dog moldy, rotted food, so what we’re really trying to say is watch your dog around your overflowing trashcan. Moldy foods produce harmful mycotoxins, which sound scary and do severe damage to your dog’s health.

If you have any questions about how to protect your pet this holiday, contact us. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!