Pet-Friendly Foods from Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered what foods are pet-friendly for your beloved furry friend?

Once Thanksgiving is over, you might be thinking it’s ok to give your pet a little treat since you’ll likely have a lot of leftovers.

Additionally, while it is usually alright to give your pet a treat, it is important to know which foods are on the safe list to keep your pet safe. Pet-friendly foods help you to avoid any digestive issues or an unexpected visit to the vet with your pet.

Here is a list of five different categories of food that are safe for your pet to consume:


First of all, depending on your Thanksgiving tradition, you may or may not have done the traditional turkey meal. If you’re less of a traditional person, you may have had other meats on the dinner table such as pork, wild game or even fish.

Nevertheless, these proteins are safe for your pet when fully cooked and without skin (if applicable):

  • Beef (lean)
  • Chicken
  • Chuck steak
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Turkey


Moreover, fruits are safe for your pet. Although there are some you should avoid such as grapes or raisins; there are plenty of other options that are pet-friendly. Apple is covered in this great article at Pacificsandiego which is worth reading too.

As such, the following fruits are on the safe list for your pet:

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Berries (all)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Orange
  • Watermelon


Furthermore, like fruit, vegetables are entirely safe for your pet. Although you’ll want to avoid avocado, onion, and garlic, there are still several options for veggies that are safe for your pet to eat.

Therefore, below is a list of safe vegetables that your pet can consume:

  • Asparagus
  • Bell pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Pea
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini


Moreover, refined grains aren’t safe for your pet but whole grains are safe.

Therefore, the term whole grain means that the bran, germ, and endosperm are all still present in the grain and none of them have been removed or refined.  As such, the grain is in the original state as it was in the field growing.

In addition, the following grains are safe for your pet:

  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Oats


Furthermore, dairy products can be a hit or miss with your pet. Be mindful of the fact that your pet might be lactose intolerant. If that’s the case, do not give your pet anything dairy related.

Moreover, if your pet isn’t lactose intolerant and doesn’t show signs of any digestive issues, you may give your pet small amounts of dairy products on occasion in moderation. The word to note is moderation. Use caution when giving dairy products to your pet.

In short, the following dairy products are safe for your pet in moderation:

  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Plain yogurt

In conclusion, the above list isn’t a fully comprehensive list of the foods that are pet-friendly. However, it does give you a brief overview of some of the most common foods that you will likely consume on Thanksgiving that is entirely safe for your pet.

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