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Thanksgiving - The Dog Way

As a cautious dog owner, you know that there are lots of things that your pup can't have. When it comes to Thanksgiving, there are lots of things on your dinner table that shouldn't be on your pup's dinner table.

As a reminder, here is what your dog can't have on Thanksgiving, courtesy of Care2:

- Turkey skin/bones

- Stuffing and gravy

- Cranberry sauce 

- Green bean casserole

- Bread dough/cake batter

- Mashed potatoes

- Fruit salad

- Walnuts/macadamia nuts

- Pumpkin/sweet potato pie

You may not be able to give your dog these yummy items off the Thanksgiving table, but it doesn't mean they have to miss out on table scraps or family time. If you want your pup to participate in Thanksgiving, here are some things that you can give them (in small portion sizes, of course. Dog tummies can be upset even by these "safe" human foods). 

Turkey without Skin

While a turkey's skin can be dangerous for dogs, the meat itself is fine for consumption. Avoid giving them dark meat as this meat is more fatty/greasy and is harder for your dog to digest. If you give your pup a small amount of light meat with no bones, they'll love the snack and be able to digest it. 

Carrots and Corn

Carrots and corn, a staple at the Thanksgiving table, will be fine on your pup's tummy. Raw carrots are a great snack as is, so as long as the cooked carrots aren't saturated with too much butter or seasoning, they should be fine for your pup. It's the same deal with loose corn. Corn on the cob, however, should be avoided because parts of the harder cob can get caught in your dog's intestines. 


You shouldn't be handing over entire bread rolls to your pup, but if a piece of bread falls to the floor, your pup should be safe if they gobble it up. Small amounts of plain rolls are fine on your pup's tummy as long as they aren't buttered.

Their Own Food

And of course, there's a way to make your pup happy and guarantee digestive track harmony - give them their own food! You can even bring their food bowl into the dining room for a change so that everybody can enjoy eating together.

Have a happy, safe, Thanksgiving!

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Jenna Gomes

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