A Dog’s Guide to Thanksgiving Foods

In one of our monthly newsletters last year, we shared what Thanksgiving foods dogs can eat, as well as those they shouldn’t. Our readers let us know how valuable the information was, so we decided to post it right here on the blog, too. Only this time, we’re running down the whole list of our Thanksgiving favorites.

This turkey ain't on the menu.

Fun fact: Americans consume an average of 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving dinner. Another fun fact: Our dogs should not (and honestly, neither should we).

When to Let Fido Chow Down & When to Pick It Up Before He Can

Remember, too much of anything is never good, so keep all human food in moderation for your pup this Thursday. That said, here’s how your dog can get in on the deliciousness that is Thanksgiving dinner.


  • Do: Turkey (a great source of protein)
  • Don’t: Turkey skin and bones (hazardous if seasoned or splintered)

Green beans

  • Do: Fresh green beans (a nutritious snack)
  • Don’t: Green bean casserole (too fatty and often cooked with onions, garlic, or mushrooms, all of which can be toxic for dogs)


  • Do: Fresh cranberries (a good source of vitamins)
  • Don’t: Cranberry sauce (too sugary)


  • Do: Fresh pumpkin (vitamin-rich and tasty)
  • Don’t: Pumpkin pie (too sugary, plus harmful because of cinnamon and nutmeg, which can cause serious reactions like seizures)


  • Do: Fresh apples (crunchy and delicious)
  • Don’t: Apple pie (too sugarly, plus harmful because of cinnamon and nutmeg)


  • Do: Baked sweet or regular potatoes (fine in moderation)
  • Don’t: Potatoes fixed with mushrooms, a lot of dairy, garlic, and/or onions (e.g., mashed or in a casserole)


  • Do: Most kinds (fine in moderation)
  • Don’t: Macadamia nuts or walnuts (toxic and can cause severe adverse reactions)

Never a Do

  • Chocolate (can cause severe reactions including death in large quantities)
  • Garlic, onions, scallions, or leeks (can cause toxic anemia)
  • Grapes or raisins (can cause kidney failure)

Hey look, someone captured me on film after my fourth helping!

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