Thanksgiving Treats for Fido

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Your canine buddy will be paying very close attention as those mouth-watering dishes start coming out of the oven. Fido certainly deserves a special treat! Just be careful with what you give him, as not everything on the menu will be safe or suitable for your furry friend. A Columbia, MD vet offers some tips on giving Fido snacks below. 

Main Course

Fido will likely put on his most adorable ‘feed me I’m really hungry’ expression when he spots that turkey. Go ahead and prepare a plate for him! Most other types of meat, fish, and poultry are also fine. Just make sure that your pet’s portion does not contain any skin, bones, or fat. 


Many popular side dishes are also safe for dogs. Cooked potatoes, squash, pumpkin, beans, peas, and spinach are all fine. Don’t give your furry friend anything that is covered with fatty toppings, like butter or oil. Things that contain a lot of spice, salt, or sugar are also unsafe, as are most processed foods. 


Our canine pals can have some of those delicious appetizers as well. A few cocktail wieners or meatballs are fine, given that it’s a special occasion. Fido can also have some deli meat, or a few cocktail shrimp. While you shouldn’t give your pup too many dairy products, a plain boiled egg or a little bit of cheese is okay. 

Unsafe Foods

Many popular foods are toxic to dogs. Never give your four-legged friend anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Other unsafe foods include avocados; pitted fruits; nuts; mushrooms; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; and anything that contains xylitol or high amounts of fat, salt, or sugar. Meat on the bone is also on the no-no list, along with raw meat, dough, and yeast. Ask your vet for more information.


If you’re going to have a full house, ask guests not to feed Fido without checking. Not everyone knows what is and is not safe for dogs! You don’t want someone accidentally giving your pooch something that isn’t safe! This is a concern with little kids, as youngsters sometimes innocently try to share snacks with their furry pals.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Howard County Animal Hospital, your local Columbia, MD animal clinic. Please contact us anytime! 

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