• Cierra Voelkl

Let's Keep Our Furry Friends Safe on Thanksgiving

Tis' the time of the year for family gatherings, football and LOTS OF FOOD! So while we might want to share our leftovers on Thanksgiving with the canine family members, some common Thanksgiving foods are extremely toxic to them.


  • Turkey has an extremely high fat content and can actually cause pancreatitis in pets due to this. Keep it on the table.

  • This is an obvious one: CHOCOLATE! AKA keep chocolate pie away.

  • Even other pies might the artificial sweetener called xylitol which is often used in sugar-free baked goods.

  • After the special day has ended, take the trash out or keep it in a place where the dogs can't access it or you'll have a very expensive vet bill on your hands.

  • ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

Photo Credit: Gina Cioli/i-5 Studio.

Party Precautions:

  • As family comes and goes on the holiday, make sure pets can't escape out the door by keeping them leashed or locked away until everything settles down.

  • Watch for stressful behavior as the high-volume and large crowds can easily cause your pets to freak out or even get reactive due to the situation.

  • Keep ID tags on all animals and make sure microchips are up to date incase someone decides to slip out during all the commotion.

Want them to have their very own Thanksgiving diner so they can share in the deliciousness? Our friends at The Dog Bakery have put together a few easy Thanksgiving treat and meal ideas for your dogs!

Appetizer Ideas

While everyone else is noshing on their favorite appetizers and watching football or scoping out Black Friday sales, have a few extra noms ready for your fur baby too.

Doggone Good Veggie Chips

  • 3 rutabagas, peeled, sliced

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced

  • Tablespoon olive oil

Place slices on a cookie sheet, and bake on 250 degrees F for 3 hours. Cool before serving.

Puppy Puree

  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin

  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt

Blend pumpkin and yogurt until smooth. Pour into dog’s dish (or yours), or freeze in paper cups for a frozen treat.

Cornucopia Sticks

  • 6 baby carrots

  • 6 apple slices

  • 6 celery sticks

Top each item with a bit of peanut butter and arrange on a dish.

Main Courses

Puree the cooled apples. Spoon apples on top of each pile of mixture in the cupcake pan. with dog-friendly sides you’re serving anyway, such as green beans (dogs love them pureed) or even a few tablespoons of cranberry sauce (opt for low-sugar varieties or make your own). You can also add a serving or two of turkey to his plate, just be sure it’s white meat, has no bones in it, and has the skin and any excess fat trimmed prior to feeding.

Gobble Goggle Medallions

  • 6 ounces of white turkey, cooked

  • ½ cup chopped carrots

  • ½ cup oatmeal

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place all three ingredients in a food processor. Blend until a smooth consistency. Roll the mixture into small balls, and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Pup Pleasers

  • 2 peeled, cored, and sliced apples

  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 cup peas

  • ½ cup washed, peeled, and sliced carrots

  • 1 pound ground turkey

In a saucepan with a cup of water, place the apple slices and the cinnamon. Bring to a boil, and then cover. Continue to simmer until the apples soften, or around 20 minutes. Remove them from the heat.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a food processor, and puree them until they are a creamy texture. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased cupcake pan.

Puree the cooled apples. Spoon apples on top each pile of mixture in the cupcake pan.

Bake for 40 minutes at 340 degrees F. Cool, and serve.

(The Dog Bakery)

We want everyone to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. By keeping poisonous foods away and everyone safe and sound. It's a time to relax, watch the Macys Parade, enjoy family and be thankful for all the loved ones in your life, human and animal.


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