7 Thanksgiving Food Your Dog Should Avoid


Thanksgiving is around the corner and that means time to eat tons of delicious food! However, many popular Thanksgiving dishes can be very BAD for dogs. It’s important to understand and be aware of which foods to keep away from them, especially if they like to beg for table scraps. Below are some common Thanksgiving food items that your pup should avoid to ensure they remain healthy this Thanksgiving. After all, an emergency trip to the vet’s office is not how you want to spend your Turkey Day!


Turkey that has been smothered in garlic, butter or seasonings can be extremely toxic for dogs. Bones can also cause severe indigestion, potentially causing vomiting and obstructing their bowel. It may also splinter and cause damage to the inside of their stomach and intestines, including puncturing and causing a potentially fatal abdominal infection. If you want to feed your furry friend turkey and not feel left out, this Thanksgiving Day Dinner wet food by Merrick is a great option. (LINK) It is safe and specially created to meet the dietary needs of your pup.

Honey Ham

Honey Ham is another popular meat dish that is often served during Thanksgiving that’s not good for dogs. Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Pork is also high in fat, which can lead to obesity in dogs. Even a small amount of ham can contribute a very large amount of calories to a small dog’s diet.


Unfortunately, this favorite side dish is extremely toxic to dogs. Thanksgiving stuffing is often cooked with wild mushrooms, scallions, raisins, and especially onions, which can be destructive to their delicate system and can cause a life-threatening anemia (destruction of the red blood cells).

Mashed Potatoes

While potatoes are safe for dogs to eat, mashed potatoes is usually cooked with butter and milk, which can cause diarrhea in lactose intolerant pups. Similar to the other popular Thanksgiving dishes, most recipes for mashed potatoes includes onion powder or garlic, which is very toxic to dogs.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are great for dogs and nutritious (when fed in controlled portions) but not when they are covered in marshmallows and spices. The sweet seasonings can lead to an upset stomach. Your pup might enjoy this sweet potato treats instead, LINK. These treats are 100% natural and a great source vitamin A,  which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles. 

Chocolate Desserts

While pumpkin pie is the most famous Thanksgiving dessert (canned pumpkin also has many pet health benefits), there is often a variety of chocolate desserts as well. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, yet they love the smell and taste of it. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Make sure to keep all chocolate desserts out of their reach as it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures, as well as death!


Coffee and caffeinated drinks are very dangerous for dogs. One accidentally slurp of a caffeinated drink can lead to a long list of problems: vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Dogs can also suffer from alcohol poisoning, whether it’s through alcoholic drinks or desserts. Even small doses can lead to seizures, respiratory failure and death.

If your furry friend accidentally eat any of these foods during Thanksgiving or anytime thru out the year, be sure to call your vet immediately! Early action may prevent more costly and serious complications from developing. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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