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Doggy-Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner

Dog Sitting at TableThanksgiving is a special day where our country unites in honoring our heritage as well as giving thanks to friends and loved ones. But what about Fido?!

What better way to give thanks to our lovable dogs than by allowing them to indulge in a dog-friendly thanksgiving feast together with us!?

Andrea Servadio, Co-Owner of Fitdog Sports Club in Santa Monica, California, has put together “Doggy-Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner,” a list of recipes to give to your pet this holiday season. She has kindly allowed us to share it below.

We previously highlighted Andrea and Fit Dog Sports Club in the article:
From Investment Banker to Dog Club Owner

Below is a list of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes that, while they can’t be enjoyed by our furry friends in their original version, can be eaten in a dog-friendly modified version.

  • Thanksgiving Turkey: Yes dogs can certainly eat turkey; how ever Thanksgiving turkey is typically high in fat and is cooked with onions (which are poisonous for dogs). For this reason, we recommend cooking up a separate piece of turkey especially for your dog. You can dress up the turkey with some rosemary, sage and chicken stock.
  • Green Bean Casserole: A classic dish. But this dish is loaded with not so friendly doggy foods like the fried onion toppings, mushrooms and creamy soup base. That doesn’t mean your dog can’t enjoy some plain steamed green beans with his turkey.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkins are great foods for dogs, but butter, sugar and fat are not. We recommend making pumpkin doggy biscuits instead. There a lot of recipes out there, but is a recipe from that looks so easy to make that you might start to make it year round.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Buttery, creamy mashed potatoes & gravy – yum! Potatoes do offer nutritional benefits, but the butter and cream, and sometimes garlic, should not be consumed by your dog. Better than a mashed potato? A baked potato. Remember to only serve your dog a small portion (Think 1/4th or 1/8th of a potato). This is because potatoes are high in carbohydrates, which is not good for your dog’s blood sugar.
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are found in a variety of high quality dog foods and offer a lot of nutritional benefits. Although on Thanksgiving, they are usually covered in a bed of marshmallows, which is definitely not a doggy friendly food. If you skip the marshmallows and the sugar, baked sweet potatoes are a great treat for your dog. is a recipe from for homemade sweet potato chews. (Hint: There is only one ingredient)

  • Foods to Always Avoid: These foods should never be given to your dog – not even in small quantities: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, plums, sugary foods, fatty meats and cooked bones of any kind (unless specifically pressurized & made for dogs).

With a little bit of substituting, you can always find a way for your pup to join the party and the feast!

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6 Responses to Doggy-Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner

  1. Jani Zaleck November 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

    I also read that the sage generally used to season the turkey can b toxic to dogs as well as the nutmeg in pumpkin pie. Is this correct? I have 6 small dogs.


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