Are you as ready for Thanksgiving as we are? The best food, friends and family, and the beginning of the holidays, it’s such a wonderful time! While certain foods are okay to sneak under the table to a pet, others can cause serious health issues. It turns out that a lot of Thanksgiving foods can cause health problems for our pets, so we decided to put together a list to help you. It’s best to keep all human food away from your pets.

Turkey Skin

Do you baste your turkey in tasty herbs and spices, like sage or dill? These spice are bad for your dog’s digestion. The fatty skin, added brine, and added butter isn’t very good for dogs either.

Turkey Bones

When the turkey’s gone, the bones that remain are NOT a good chew toy for your dog. They are brittle choking hazards that easily splinter if chewed.


Most stuffing recipes include onions and garlic, both of which poison dogs’ blood cells.

Fruit Salad or Ambrosia

Dogs should not eat fruit with seeds or pits because it inflames their intestines. Plums, peaches, grapes, and raisins should be off limits.


Sausage is not a solid meat and may also contain onions, garlic, and other ingredients that you may not even know about. Probably best that your pets don’t eat it.

Pecan Pie

Everyone loves pecan pie, right? However, nuts can cause muscle spasms and weakness of the legs for up to 48 hours for pets. Make sure none hit the floor while cooking or eating.


It goes without saying, but it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone that alcohol is extremely bad for pets to ingest. Grapes, hops, and alcohol are all toxic to dogs.

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie

Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for dogs, but most Thanksgiving dishes that include these ingredients also include cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s best to play it safe.

Ice Cream

Some animals are okay with dairy; others deal with stomach issues after ingesting dairy. It’s also best to play it safe with this food group as well.

If you have any questions or need to make an appointment because your pet ingested some of these hazardous Thanksgiving foods, please contact us immediately. From our family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!