If you’ve celebrated Thanksgiving with a pet in the house, you know that the last thing they want is to be left out from the feast. We’re not the only ones that are planning to eat our body weight in food to celebrate — dogs will too if they’re given the chance (even if it’s something that they probably shouldn’t eat).

Here are some safe foods you can (and should) put on your furry friend’s plate for the holiday.

  • Turkey: Luckily, it’s safe for your pet to enjoy the main dish of the season, woohoo! Just make sure to keep the portion small and without any pesky bones or skin.
  • Potatoes: Whether you’re making mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, or any other potato-based dish, these tubers are safe for your pet! Leave a small portion out before you add them into your dish and remember, any butter, gravy, or sugars are a no-go for pets.
  • Broccoli: Just like you, your pet needs veggies too. Plain broccoli is a great healthy option to add to your pet’s plate. It will give them a boost of fiber, and they won’t even complain about eating it. It’s a win all around!
  • Green beans: Just like broccoli, plain green beans are another safe and healthy food for your pets. But don’t forget to set some aside before you add any butter!
  • Bread: In small amounts, bread is okay for your pet as long as it doesn’t contain raisins or currants. A run of the mill dinner roll is all good but limit it to just one, no matter how much your pup begs for seconds!
  • Pumpkin: Before you start to make your pumpkin pie or any other pumpkin treats, set aside a scoop of pumpkin puree or baked pumpkin; it’s a perfect addition to your pet’s plate and a perfect combo with savory foods.

Sadly, pies or other yummy desserts are a no-go for your furry friend. Thankfully, you can make your pet a treat of their own for the holiday. Our friends over at Raised Doughnuts shared a special recipe with us that you can easily make at home!

How to make Pupnuts:


  • 4 oz whole wheat flour
  • 4 oz oats
  • 6 oz apple sauce
  • 3 oz water
  • 2 eggs
  • Cream cheese (room temperature) and bacon for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for toppings).
  3. Place mixture in a piping bag and pipe out miniature donut rings.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool and top with cream cheese and bacon.
  6. Store in refrigerator up to three days

And if you can’t make just one recipe (we don’t blame you), check out our Pinterest board for some of our other festive favorites that won’t disappoint!