4 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Thanksgiving

Turkey Day is almost upon us and it’s going to be a fun one filled with food, family and really expert begging from our doggy friends. Here are four great tips that will help you and your dog have a wonderful and pain-free Thanksgiving.

What Not To Feed Your Dog

Your Thanksgiving meal, while delicious, will be chock-full of things on a dog’s no-no list. That includes turkey, which is often stuffed and basted in fats to crisp the skin and make the meat moist, mashed potatoes with gravy and onions, stuffing, and, well, pretty much everything else. So please, no table scraps!

See Also: Safety Tips for Dogs During Thanksgiving

How To Stop Begging

We know, we know, this is an impossible task; be crafty instead! Keep healthy treats or something especially prepared for your dog on the table and feed him that when he begs. Of course, we know this shouldn’t become a habit, but it’s that time of year when well-meaning guests may slip your pooch delicious morsels. So set up the ground rules beforehand and either have one person in charge of feeding the begging dog, or outfit everyone with a few healthy dog treats and make sure they are the only things to be given to the dog.

Special Dog Dinner

If you want to make sure your dog is part of the festivities, then you can. Buy a little extra turkey (like a leg) and remove the skin and simmer it on the stove top with some dog approved veggies. Let it simmer down, cool, and then strip the meat from the bone and serve your dog his very own Thanksgiving dinner.

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Movers and Shakers

After dinner it’s very easy to want to just take a nap. But snap on your dog’s leash and get out there and walk. Great exercise for you after eating a huge dinner, and a great treat for your pooch. Make it special. Go a different way, or go for a longer walk. Just make sure you get that walk in and burn a few calories.


So there you have it, some tips to make Thanksgiving special for everyone, including your dog!

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Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for the Dog Owner originally appeared on petMD.com

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for Sharing.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

great and awesome!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

great and awesome!

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Michelle N.
Michelle N.2 years ago

Heidi, what exactly do you think dogs ate (remember they were in the wild without human help to eat) before people came along & CREATED dog food? Uh...they ate what humans eat. Meat & vegetables. Now, granted they were not cooked & not with spices but dogs have far stronger stomachs than we have and better immune systems, as well. The crap that is MOST dog food, is not fit for dogs to eat with all the fillers in it. This is why dogs are now beginning to have the same modern diseases as humans, obesity, cancer, diabetes and arthritis, this came with eating a diet of crap dog food they shouldn't be eating. They are better off with bland meat & veggies and that is what my dogs get and they are extremely healthy, they naturally have no fleas & do not have to consume or be doused in chemical ridden flea repellant. I won't put toxins in my body so why would I put them in my dogs?

Rachel Stew
Rachel Stewart2 years ago

hahahaha awwww

Elena Martinez
Elena Martinez2 years ago

Maybe someone could help me please. Well, my dog had his own Thanksgiving dish, and has been very sick since. I can't afford to take him to the Vet, and need advice. I have bathed him thinking it would help. He has been throwing up since, and diarrhea. Any advice? I make sure he is drinking water putting it sown his throat. I message his stomach, and hold him. It has been 2 and half days, and just hoping it well wear off.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan3 years ago

I appreciate each point and think that they are great tips for any kind of festivities in the family though my dogs do not think so! Thanks.

Jude Hand
Judith Hand3 years ago

My lil guy had his first taste of turkey, much like explained in your fourth point, and loved it. Thank you - and the commenter - for the reminder that people food is not the best choice for him as a regular treat.

Victoria McFarlane
Past Member 3 years ago