With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s important to stay educated on the DO’S and DON’TS for your pets during this lovely holiday. The last thing you need on this day is to stress over your pet and the bounty of food around.

Thanksgiving day can get a bit hectic for you and your furry pal. During the day you might be hustling and bustling to get all your home-cooked meals done, while your beloved pet shadows over you and the delicious smell of turkey. It is important to not give into those puppy eyes and avoid giving any sort of bread dough, cake batter, turkey skin, and turkey bones!

Once you and your family start serving dinner, it is a bit harder to keep track of what can get into the reach of your furry family member.

If it falls on the floor…

We acknowledge that food scraps may fall on the floor or be thrown from a baby high chair and any opportunistic dog (or cat) will gleefully devour them. We want you to be aware if you should or should not scramble for the scrap and take it away.

Foods to Scramble for

  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Bones
  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Corn Cobs
  • Mushrooms
  • Strawberries

Medical Conditions to Scramble for

  • Food Intolerance – Popular Thanksgiving Day foods that dogs and cats have intolerances to include turkey, ham, sweet potato, corn, peanut, wheat or potato.
  • Chronic Pancreatitis – Most people know the amount of food their dogs can tolerate before the symptoms kick in. Be watchful in this situation.
  • Epilepsy or Seizure-Prone – Anything cooked with rosemary, oregano, fennel or sage because they are neurotoxins. Personally, I would not cook with any of these spices if my dog were epileptic or prone to seizures.
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diabetes mellitus


Many of the nutritious foods provided during a Thanksgiving feast can safely be added wisely to the pet’s diet or used as treats. With Thanksgiving dishes, it is not the primary ingredient that is the problem, but often the way we cook them. Meaning: lots of butter, sugar, and gravy.

If you have raw ingredients leftover and you know you and your family will not finish them, you can make healthy treats or food toppers for your dog.

Healthy Paws has provided you all with 5 easy Thanksgiving treats for your furry pals! Click here to view these delicious recipes!

Making these delicious treats will be sure to keep your furry baby entertained and out of trouble this Thanksgiving Day!


Have lovely Thanksgiving! – The Pet Stop Team