Thanksgiving Foods and Dogs Don’t Mix

Giving your pup table scraps is not a great idea because dogs and humans have different nutritional needs, but this is especially true during Thanksgiving. Some of our Thanksgiving favorites can be dangerous and potentially even fatal for our pets. Keep an eye on your pet during the holidays and make sure your guests also know what foods to keep away from your dog.


Stuffing is one of the more dangerous foods for your dog because of some of the common ingredients. Onions, grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and can even cause kidney failure. The rich flavors and ingredients also tend to disagree with a dog’s digestive system.


Turkey is a lean protein that pets can enjoy if it’s completely plain, in moderation, but it is important not to feed your pet turkey off the dinner table. Thanksgiving turkeys are typically prepared with a variety of spices and often still contain fat and skin, which are much less nutritious for your dog and potentially even toxic.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are not harmful to dogs, so in small amounts, they can be okay. With that in mind, there is also a high sugar content in cranberry sauce and dogs should not be fed a large amount of sugar since it can affect their health.


Ham is not as healthy as turkey and can cause gastrointestinal issues for your pet, such as pancreatitis and vomiting. It is also a fatty meat that can lead to obesity in pets.

Alcohol or Caffeine

Coffee and alcohol are common around the Thanksgiving table but can be harmful to pets. Dogs can become intoxicated from small amounts of alcohol, which can cause serious health problems and potentially even death. Caffeine should also be avoided as it can lead to a variety of dangerous health problems.

Pumpkin Pie

While plain pumpkin can have a positive effect on a dog’s digestion, pumpkin pie can be dangerous because of its sugar content. Dogs should not be fed sugar in large amounts, so skip the piece of pie for Fido.

If you don’t want your dog to feel left out while you chow down on your Thanksgiving feast, share some of the love with Vita Bone Artisan Inspired Biscuits in Turkey Stuffing & Cranberry flavor. It is a healthier alternative that still gives your pet the best Thanksgiving flavors.

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