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Holiday meals can  be rough for dogs.. all that delicious, great-smelling food, just out of reach!

We get it if you’re tempted to share a little bit of your Thanksgiving meal with your furry family members. But it’s important to know how to do it safely, because some of the ingredients that are healthy for us are dangerous for dogs... 

Read on to learn more about which foods at your holiday table are safe to treat your pup with, and which are only for your human guests. 

🐕 General tips

Even foods that are safe for dogs to eat can be unhealthy or unsafe, depending how they are prepared. If you want to give some of your holiday favourites to your dog, try to put them aside before you’ve added seasonings or sauces that might have more sodium or sugar than your pup should eat.

When you’ve put a few safe holiday foods aside, offer them to your dog with a bit of their regular meal or a few favourite treats on top. Or use the ingredients to make a dog-safe prepared snack like a pupsicle!

✅ Dos

Here are some of the foods you can safely share with your dog during the holidays:

  • Sweet potatoes, without any added ingredients like marshmallows or maple syrup.
  • Potatoes (limited amounts), without added salt, butter, or cream.
  • Apples, without the core or apple seeds.
  • Turkey meat, without seasoning, bones, or skin.
  • Green beans, carrots, cranberries, or plain peas, without added ingredients.
  • Pumpkin, without added ingredients – not pre-spiced pie mix!

Remember, these foods are treats – they shouldn’t replace your dog’s regular meals.

❌ Don’ts

These holiday foods contain ingredients that can upset your dog’s stomach, or could even be dangerous. Never give your dog:

  • Turkey bones, skin, or gravy.
  • Stuffing.
  • Casseroles.
  • Chocolate or xylitol.
  • Pies, cakes, or other sweets.
  • Alcohol.
  • Ham.
  • Onions, garlic, chives, or scallions.
  • Yeast dough.
  • Spices.
  • Fatty foods.
  • Nuts.
  • Grapes or raisins.

❓ #DYK?

Whether or not you celebrate American Thanksgiving, you’ve got something to be thankful for on the last Thursday of November: the National Dog Show! 

Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, this Thanksgiving Day event is open to more than 150 different breeds and varieties. 

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Stay healthy, stay happy, stay curious #healthygang! 

Lots of love, 

- The healthybud team 

DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is not meant to replace your vet’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to suggest additional options to explore, based on your dog’s condition.

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