Can dogs eat turkey? Despite scenes like this one, it’s not a great idea.

little morkie eating the family turkey

The turkey is bigger than the dog. Rule number one…Don’t leave the holiday turkey alone on the kitchen counter! “Forget the Kibble and Bits…this turkey is mine!”


The trouble with Turkey

For dogs, turkey meat can be very fatty, especially the skin and dark meat. High-fat diets can trigger a painful condition called pancreatitis. And even if your Morkie has fatty meats only rarely, they can cause diarrhea.


What are YOU thankful for?

…’re probably feeling very fortunate to have a Morkie for a pet! They’re smart, affectionate, loyal and loving. What more could you want in a little dog? (Well maybe a little less barking and a bit better potty training.)

In the meantime, let’s refresh our memories about Thanksgiving food that dogs can have.

no turkey for dogs


  • Turkey dark meat and skin – it’s pretty fatty which in turn can lead to pancreatitis and other health problems. A little bit of white meat might be OK, although a change of diet often results in diarrhea. With all you’ve got going on today, you don’t need that.
  • Bones of any kind – very dangerous, since they can splinter within the Morkie’s digestive system, causing real damage
  • Garlic, onion, leeks or chives
  • Candy or dessert of any kind – too sweet. And anything with sugar substitute Xylitol is highly poisonous.
  • Raisins, grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine
  • Most nuts


  • Veggies lightly steamed, including carrots, kale, green beans, spinach, and sweet potatoes
  • Plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • Raw pumpkin seeds – rich in vitamin K and other good things
  • Apples – without any part of the core or seeds
  • Blueberries
  • These three nuts are OK for dogs in moderation: Raw Almonds, Cashews, and Brazil Nuts. Just remember that any nuts can be a choking hazard for small dogs.
  • Pumpkin – plain canned or plain, cooked pumpkin. NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin is magic – it can help stop diarrhea AND constipation!
  • Both cranberries and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities. Avoid cranberry sauce since it has lots of sugar and might even contain raisins or grapes.