Let’s face it: Our dogs are part of the family. So, this Thanksgiving, you might find yourself wondering if you can set a plate next to aunt Lucy for your furry friend. Go for it, but there are a few foods you should leave to the human relatives. According to Healthline1, you should not feed your dog anything candied or containing chocolate, grapes, garlic, raisins, onion, raw yeast, macadamia nuts, lemons, or limes.
Now that the bad news is out of the way, there’s plenty your dog can enjoy at Thanksgiving dinner. For starters, pile on the vegetables, especially carrots and green beans2. However, when it comes to the main event—the turkey—there are a few things you should know.
Of course, your dog can eat turkey; you’ve likely fed it to them in a treat or dog food. But, if you want to give your dog something to be grateful for, hold the skin, seasoning, and cooked bones3.
No animal fat: Found in turkey skin, animal fat can lead to obesity and pancreatitis.
Keep it simple: While aunt Lucy may love that lemon, salt, garlic, and cinnamon herb rub, it will likely upset your dog’s stomach. So, keep things plain, like when you make boiled chicken4.
No bones about it: As for bones, your dog can safely consume them when raw, but remove any cooked bones from the turkey. Be sure to check for small bones—they can be sneaky.
What’s Thanksgiving without a little apple pie, though? Yes, on the apples, but hold the pie, ice cream, whipped cream, and any extra sweeteners—you really should only feed your dog raw or frozen fruits. If you want to keep things exciting, try a fruit salad medley5: berries, bananas, and pineapple are all doggy-proof. A handful of plain popcorn with no salt or butter is also acceptable.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and the furry friends in your life!
Sources: (1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/human-foods-for-dogs#TOC_TITLE_HDR_41