Tips for the Perfect Barksgiving

It’s almost time to indulge in everybody’s favorite foodie holiday - Thanksgiving! While we prepare to feast on a delicious meal, we can’t forget about our four-legged family members who would give up their beloved tennis ball for a bite of turkey.

Show that you’re thankful for your dog’s constant loyalty, love and companionship by including them in the celebration with some special dishes (or a full meal!) made especially for them. Below are some of our favorite ideas to make sure your pup doesn’t feel left out on the special day.


This is an obvious one, but you can get your dog’s tail wagging with a taste of the turkey that has been roasting and making the whole house smell delicious all day. Be sure to remove the bones, as smaller bones can be accidentally swallowed. Also, keep the gravy for yourself - the rich sauce may cause digestive issues in some pups.

Sweet Potatoes

You’re probably already making sweet potatoes as a side dish for the whole family, so why not set some aside for your pup? However, avoid any added spices, sugars or flavoring. All natural is the way to go for them!  Sweet potato provides a range of health benefits for pups, as they’re high in dietary fiber, and they also contain vitamin B6, vitamin C and manganese.

Pup-kin Pies (via Rover)

Pumpkin pie is one of the most important parts of a Thanksgiving meal, so don’t leave your pup out of the fun! We love these adorable pumpkin pies from our friends at Rover. All you need is 5 ingredients - banana, applesauce, oat flour, pumpkin and yogurt - and your pup will be thankful for you!

Barksgiving Dinner (via The Dog Bakery)

For those of you in Los Angeles, The Dog Bakery actually creates prepared Barksgiving dinners for your dog that you can pick up before the big day. The meal includes all of the essentials, like Turkey Pot Pie, Cranberry Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Pumpkin Pie. And yes, it’s all dog friendly!

The “No” List

While we love including our furry friends  in the holiday festivities, be sure to remember that your pup can’t eat everything. Always do your research if you aren’t sure, and err on the side of caution - especially if your dog tends to have a sensitive stomach.

Some items to avoid include:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions/Garlic/Chives
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Milk and Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Spices
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We hope you all have a wonderful (and delicious!) Barksgiving with your family, friends, and fur children. We at Wags & Walks are incredibly thankful for our dedicated volunteers, adopters, fosters, and of course, our canine friends.

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