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15 Thanksgiving Foods You Can Feed Your Dog

dog begging for turkeyThanksgiving is that special time of year when we gather around a big table of food to give thanks for our families, friends and dogs – that’s right, our dogs.

You’re probably wondering, “How can I ‘thank’ my dog, especially when so many foods for humans are dangerous for dogs?” Actually, there are a few foods served at Thanksgiving that you can feed your dog.

For example, plain white turkey meat, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and corn are actually really good for your dog – it’s just a matter of how you prepare the food.

Remember to serve new food to your dog in moderation, because overdoing it can make him sick. According to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, “Feeding dogs large quantities of a new food, as well as fatty foods, such as turkey gravy, mashed potatoes with butter, and dressing, can cause pancreatitis. This potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas produces severe symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting.”

Here is a list of foods you can share with your dog on Thanksgiving compiled from doggies.com and webvet.com.

WARNING: Sharing these foods with your dog will result in one happy pooch giving you sloppy kisses and endless tail wags.

15. Sweet potatoes without the skin

14. Raw apple slices

13. Steamed carrots, broccoli or string beans without any seasoning or salt

12. Raw carrots

11. Salt-free chicken broth

10. Yams – no brown sugar or marshmallows

9. Corn – in small amounts, provides carbs for energy

8. Cranberries – high in Vitamin C and antioxidants

7. Mashed potatoes without the gravy

6. Pumpkin, before you turn it into pie

5. Stuffing – only if you don’t use onions or garlic in the recipe

4. Wild rice without seasoning – a good source of fiber

3. Milk – good for bone strength

2. Whole, raw eggs – stick one in the blender for your dog; the shell provides calcium while the white and yolk provide protein

1. Turkey, without the skin or bone

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Sonya Simpkins

Sonya Simpkins is a contributing writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. In her spare time, she loves to take her dogs for long hikes and treks to the beach, out to eat and on long road trips across the county. She then turns those adventures into useful advice for other dog parents who also love to take their dogs with them wherever they go.

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I, personally, will never feed corn because dogs have no need for it and too many carbs are not good for dogs.  Also, make sure it's plain pumpkin (not pie filling).  Skip the potatoes because they are a nightshade vegetable (which cause inflammation) & if your dog gets ear infections easily potato will make sure they get one!  I also do not give milk because dogs are lactose intolerant.  You can give plain yogurt (make sure it's not light because of artificial sweeteners) and organic kefir is a great probiotic that my dogs love, just plain and you can buy it at the grocery store. 


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