Thanksgiving Foods You Can Share With Fido

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. When Turkey Day arrives, your canine buddy will no doubt be extremely interested in all the yummy food that is coming out of the oven. While you do need to be careful with what you give Fido, there are some things you can share with him. Below, a Niwot, CO vet lists some Thanksgiving foods you can give your pup.


Turkey is not only safe for dogs, it’s actually quite healthy for them. Just be sure to give your pooch only cooked, unseasoned meat, with the bones, skin, and fat removed. Fido will also be more than happy to help you use up those leftovers. To make your pup some turkey meatball treats, mix some chopped up turkey with a little cheese, an egg, whole-wheat flour, and peas or carrots. Divide the mixture up into small portions, and cook at 375 for about 20 minutes.


Both plain and mashed potatoes are fine for Fido, as long as you only give him cooked, plain ones. Sour cream, chives, marshmallow, butter, gravy, and other toppings are definitely not safe for dogs. In fact, these things could make your furry friend very sick!


Fido can have unseasoned, cooked green beans, squash, peas, or carrots in small amounts. Mix your pup’s veggies with some plain, boneless chicken, turkey, or beef to really get that tail wagging.


Pumpkin is also safe for your Fido. To make yummy pumpkin-peanut butter bites, mix some pureed pumpkin with natural peanut butter, eggs, and whole-wheat flour. Mix the batter up, flatten it, and use a cookie cutter to make small servings. Bake the cookies at 350 for about 20 minutes. Instant happy dog!

Dangerous Foods

Many popular Thanksgiving foods are toxic to dogs. Never give Fido garlic, onions, chives, or scallions. These things are particularly dangerous, as they are often used as toppings or seasonings. Other dangerous foods include chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; pitted fruits; avocados; raw dough or meat; grapes, currants, and raisins; and meat on the bone. You also want to avoid giving your canine buddy anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Niwot, CO animal clinic! We have been providing excellent veterinary care to local pets since 1946!

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