We are all thankful for the love, loyalty and companionship our dog gives us; we want to keep them safe. There are many dangerous foods that are commonly served during the holiday season. See our list of “10 THANKSGIVING FOODS THAT ARE TOXIC FOR YOUR DOG“… There are also several that are healthy for your dog!
We spend so much time creating awesome Thanksgiving feasts for our family, try adding some of the following items to your dog’s meal this holiday season.
1. Turkey. A SMALL amount of turkey is okay, not ideal, but safe, as long as its free from bones, skin, fat, garlic, sage or other spices. Stick with plan, fully cooked, white meat.
2. Pumpkin. Canned Pumpkin (not raw, and no sugar or spices) is great for dogs. I repeat, this does not mean Pumpkin Pie filling! Nutmeg is very dangerous so keep Fido away from the pie. Plain cooked/mashed/or canned pumpkin is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Add some pumpkin to your dog’s food dish, but always in moderation.
3. Apples. Apples can help clean residue off your dog’s teeth, making their breath smell a little better. As you are making apple pie, leave some fresh apples to dice up for your fur-kid. I like to top Rusty’s food with a few bites of fresh apple. They are a great source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. Always make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards. Also the seeds can be toxic.
4. Sweet Potatoes. Another awesome source of dietary fiber as well as vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Make a special batch for your dog that doesn’t include any other ingredients. Cook plain unseasoned sweet potatoes, and be sure to let them cool.
5. Green Beans. They are a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog needs to drop a few pounds you can replace some of his regular food with green beans as a great low-calorie way to fill him up and help him maintain a healthy weight. Rusty loves frozen unseasoned green beans as a little treat when he is learning a new trick!
I hope this list helps you provide a healthy and festive dinner that your dog can enjoy this Thanksgiving. Be sure to remind any house guests that many of the foods they are enjoying can be very harmful to your dog, and not to share any scraps unless you approve them.
Always research every time you give your dog something new. Some dogs may have allergies or sensitivities, so always try new foods in small amounts first. If you feel your dog has eaten something toxic call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 or contact your local vet or animal hospital right away.
Please also read our list of foods you should never share with your FurKid this holiday season!
Have a wonderful and safe holiday. Thank you for visiting our page.