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7 Dog Friendly Thanksgiving Foods


By JC McDowell

Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Our pets are part of our family, and certainly one of the blessings we want to celebrate. If you’re like us, you will want to show thanks to your pet with some yummy food on Thanksgiving. But we need to be careful only to share food that won’t have uncomfortable or painful side effects.

Rich, seasoned foods can turn a treat into sickness. You don’t want your dog to end their day with a stomach ache, diarrhea, or worse, a trip to the vet. Steer clear from feeding your dog sugary, well-seasoned, or buttery dishes that will surely lead to discomfort. And don’t give them anything with onion or garlic, as they are toxic to dogs.

Instead, share these traditional Thanksgiving foods that are safe and even have health benefits for your pet!


We all know your dog is going to be eye-balling the turkey, drooling from the sight and smell of it. Thankfully, you can meet their craving and share some turkey with your fur baby. Try to limit them to a few pieces of skinless white meat appropriate for their size. But remember, turkey bones are not safe for dogs!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a healthy option for your pet. They support digestive health, and most dogs find them quite tasty. Dogs can eat them raw, steamed, or boiled. But, be sure to set some aside for your pet before adding butter, brown sugar, or other seasonings us humans will indulge in on Thanksgiving.

Green Beans

Your dog will enjoy the crunch of a few raw green beans, and their tummies will be happy too. Green beans are full of iron, vitamin C, and high in fiber. Avoid giving your dog green bean casserole as most recipes include onions, garlic, and mushrooms, which are toxic to dogs.

Pumpkin Puree

As much as you may love pumpkin pie, you can’t share it with your dog. However, you can think ahead and set aside some pumpkin puree for your pet. Sugar-free canned pumpkin puree, steamed pumpkin, or baked pumpkin are all good for your dog’s gut before adding other ingredients.


Whether you are using apples for your stuffing, pie, or salads, be sure to set aside a few slices for your dog. Raw apples are a safe, juicy, crunchy treat they are sure to be thankful for.

Bread Roll

Bread dough is dangerous for your dog to eat, but a bit of baked bread won’t do her any harm. A simple bread roll without butter is not necessarily healthy for your dog, but it is okay for her to eat. But, of course, no dessert bread packed with butter, sugar, or raisins.


Carrots have lots of beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber for your dog. Dogs usually love the crunch of raw carrots, but probably won’t say no to cooked (unseasoned) carrots either.

If you want to go all out, you can prepared on these 8 DIY Thanksgiving Dog Treat Recipes.

Serve Your Pet Like Your Family

Tossing food to your pet can lead to overfeeding and overindulging. Instead, treat your pet like the family they are and serve them a special plate. Prepare a dish for them with the dog-friendly Thanksgiving treats and place it in their wall mounted dog bowl so they can enjoy it in comfort. Your dog will thank you!

Read next: How Kitchen Dog Can Improve Your Pet’s Joint and Digestive Health


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5 Safety Benefits of Wall Mounted Pet Bowls

5 Safety Benefits of Wall Mounted Pet Bowls

By JC McDowell

Wall-mounted pet bowls are becoming more popular not only because of the health benefits for your pet, but also the safety benefits for your home. Dogs are especially known for pushing their dog dishes around and even carrying them to different parts of the house with their mouths. They spill their water, knock over their food bowls, and relocate them to unsuspecting places. The pet bowls become a tripping hazard and a pest magnet.

Elevated, wall-mounted dog bowls and cat bowls contain your pet’s feeding area, making it safer and easier to clean. Elderly pet owners also greatly benefit from not having to bend over as far to refill or clean wall mounted pet dishes.

  1. No More Tripping

Many dog owners buy elevated dog bowls to improve their dog’s eating experience only to have them knock over the entire set up. Most dogs get excited when they eat, and they can’t help but push on their dishes with their noses or paws. With wall mounted dog bowls, your dog can excitedly eat without pushing the dish around the floor, leaving it where you or a loved one can easily trip over it.

  1. Reduces Mess

Dogs are messy eaters; there’s just no getting around that. But you can greatly reduce the amount of mess your dog makes while eating by containing their feeding area. Dogs can not use their paws or their snouts to tip over wall mounted dog bowls. So, all your left with is the minimal mess from water that splashes out when they are lapping it up or the few dog food bits that escape their hungry jowls. And you’ll find that your dog is a much cleaner eater when their bowls are positioned at the correct height for their size.

  1. Less Bending Over

Elderly dog owners or pet owners with disabilities may find it difficult to pick up pet bowls from the floor. On top of reducing slippery messes, wall mounted dog bowls can help prevent an elderly owner from falling when trying to care for their pet. It’s no wonder that many concerned adults install wall mounted pet bowls for their aging parents.

  1. Keeps Pests Out

Many pet owners are surprised at how many pests can be deterred simply by elevating their dog dishes. Even though ants and cockroaches are capable of scaling a wall to reach elevated food, they rarely do. The reason is unknown, but the benefit still stands: wall mounted dog bowls reduce the occurrence of pests getting into your dog or cat’s food.

  1. Less Germs

Less mess and less pests mean less germs. Not to mention, it’s simply easier to clean pet feeders that are not on the ground. Some wall mounted pet feeders, like our Kitchen Dog systems, can be quickly and completely removed from the wall to be cleaned. Kitchen Dog wall-mounted holders and dog bowls are even dishwasher safe.

Watch our video on how easy-to-clean Kitchen Dog’s wall mounted dish system is and learn more at Cats are welcome too!



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Will Your Dog Go in the Snow?

We deal with snow every winter at Kitchen Dog’s Michigan headquarters.  Newly fallen snow can be beautiful to look at, but it can present problems for our dogs if they need to squat in it. If you’ve ever had to sit on a freezing cold toilet seat you know why!

Snow Can Pose a Potty Problem

Some dogs have elimination issues when the weather turns cold and snowy, for reasons including:

  • It’s not familiar, dogs like routine and their favorite elimination spot is hidden from view
  • They don’t realize it’s OK to eliminate in the snow if it’s the first time they’ve seen it
  • The cold is distracting them from other body signals

If Your Dog Refuses to Go Outside in the Snow

Dogs that won’t potty outside in the snow are a problem! If they hold it too long, constipation and bladder infections can result.  Dogs will eliminate indoors when they feel there is no other option. Dogs appreciate a clear path to follow when they need to potty in snowy weather.

Digging a Path to Poop

Kitchen Dog recommends you think of your dog’s comfort and cleanliness when they venture out in the snow. When you have accumulated snowfall, make sure they have a clear path to a potty area. Some reasons digging paths is a good idea:

  • Dogs are more likely to eliminate outdoors when they can move freely to stimulate their bowels
  • Avoid chilling vital organs by avoiding direct contact with the snow
  • Less snow tracked into the house
  • Poop is easier to find when you know where to look!

Where and How to Dig a Path

The Kitchen Dog backyard has potty spots cleared down to the grass

Start on the steps or landing so the dog can step out onto a familiar surface. Then clear a path that ends with a larger cleared area so your dog has room to circle around to stimulate their bowels.  Dig deep enough that your dog can squat without sticking their sensitive areas into the snow. Remove enough snow to uncover some grass so the dog sees the potty surface they are familiar with.

Make Winter Clean Up Easier

Don’t forget to also dig a path so you can access your cleanup equipment. Having a path dug makes it easy to find and remove waste.  Please don’t wait until spring! Poop doesn’t melt in the snow, it will just leach into the groundwater, so remove it now.

Combat Cabin fever

You can go a step farther and build a snow maze, especially if you have a large, busy, or agile dog that enjoys racing around in cold weather.  Clear a path that circles part of the yard, including favorite spots to sniff, run, or visit the neighbors.  Dogs who have a chance to run and explore outside will have less energy for mischief inside.  Pay attention to the temperature and your dog’s comfort so they don’t stay out too long.  If they are picking up their feet with ice trapped between the pads or getting leg cramps, bring them in to warm up.

Your Dog’s Comfort is Important!

by Cleo Parker

Cleo has been working with dogs since she was a teenager and has spent her professional career working in marketing insights and analytics.  She blogs about marketing for dog events, products, and services at the Dog Marketing Blog.