What Can Dogs Eat on Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’re all gearing up for that delicious feast. Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie—yum! But wait a minute; what about Fido? While you’re chowing down on some holiday classics, your four-legged family member is probably giving you those irresistible puppy eyes. Can you share some of that Thanksgiving dinner with them?

The team at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic is here to help you navigate the dos and don’ts of sharing holiday food with your dog. Remember, while we want our pets to join in the festivities, some of our favorite holiday foods are not suitable for dogs and could be harmful.

Note: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not replace professional veterinary advice. Please call us at (317) 257-5334 to make an appointment or for more information.



Thanksgiving Foods You Can Safely Share with Your Dog

Turkey: The Main Event That’s Dog-Friendly

Yes, your dog can absolutely enjoy some turkey with you—just with a few conditions. Opt for skinless, boneless, and well-cooked turkey. Absolutely no gravy, though! Gravy often contains ingredients that aren’t good for our pooches.

Veggies: A Nutritious Treat for Your Pooch

Many Thanksgiving side dishes feature vegetables that are actually pretty good for dogs! Think sweet potatoes, green beans, and carrots. Just make sure they’re cooked plainly, without any sauces or seasonings.

Fruits: A Sweet and Healthy Alternative

If you’re indulging in a fruit salad or some fresh fruit as a side, feel free to share small portions with your pup. Apples and cranberries are dog-friendly fruits; just avoid grapes and raisins, as they can be toxic to dogs.

Foods to Keep Far, Far Away from Your Dog This Thanksgiving

Sure, Thanksgiving is a time of sharing, but some foods should be off-limits to our furry pals. Items like stuffing, casseroles, and desserts often contain ingredients that can be harmful or even toxic to dogs. Garlic, onions, and certain spices are a no-no, as is chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol. Alcohol is also a big no; it’s far more toxic to dogs than to humans.

Make This Thanksgiving a Dog-Safe Holiday

There you have it—a quick guide on what you can and can’t share with your dog this Thanksgiving. By sticking to the safe options and keeping the dangerous foods out of reach, you can make this a happy and healthy holiday for your entire family, fur babies included!

Please give us a call at (317) 257-5334 if you have any questions or need more advice on keeping your dog safe this Thanksgiving. Broad Ripple Animal Clinic is here to provide the care your pet deserves!

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