Happy Turkey Day! Oh, sorry...Happy Thanksgiving Day. My wife gets very upset when I call the holiday, Turkey Day. I do it just to see her reaction, but then I realize that was not a smart thing to do.

I am looking forward to a great Thanksgiving day and weekend, and I hope you and your family enjoy your time together as well.


So, much food will be consumed, and I'm not complaining. Also, there will be plenty of leftovers as well. I get tired of Thanksgiving leftovers after the first day. Do you agree? Well, maybe I can feed some of it to my three dogs.

Homemade Roasted Thanksgiving Day Turkey with all the Sides

Foods Safe And NOT Safe For Dogs

But, wait a minute. That's not necessarily a good thing. The American Kennel Club and Best Pets have a list of Thanksgiving foods (and other foods) you can and can't feed your dogs.

Check out the list of Thanksgiving foods (and a few others) below from the AKC and Best Pets that are not safe or contain unhealthy ingredients that you should NOT give to your dog, along with some acceptable foods you can give to them.

Chocolate brownies on square white plate


  • Turkey bones, skin, and gravy
  • Raw Meat
  • Stuffing
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Creamed peas
  • Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets (as well as anything “sugar-free” or containing xylitol, which can be fatal for dogs)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Macadamia Nuts, Almonds, & Pistachios
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Ham
  • Yeast dough
  • Fatty foods
  • Foods containing spices
  • Caffeine & Coffee Grounds
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Milk & daily Products
  • Mushrooms
  • Apple, Apricot, Cherry, and plum Seeds and Pits
  • Tomatoes & Raw Potatoes
  • Tobacco
Sweet Potato


  • Potatoes (and Sweet Potatoes)
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries & Blackberries
  • Turkey Meat (NO bones and NO skin)
  • Green Beans
  • Shrimp & Fish
  • Plain Peas
  • Pumpkin

This is by no means a complete list of foods you can and can't feed your dog. Visit the AKC and Best Pets for a more complete list and details.

My opinion? Stick to safe food made for dogs, and skip throwing them food consumed by humans.

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