Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all we’re grateful for, which for pet owners, means being thankful for our furriest friends. It’s also the day we’re allowed encouraged to shove turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, bread rolls, mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and every other type of pie we can get our paws on into our bodies. It’s your pup’s favorite holiday: plenty of opportunities for table scraps to fall to the floor as forks move between plates and mouths.
So the woofers aren’t left out, we’ve created an easy-to-prepare feast using six Thanksgiving foods that are both safe for dogs and tasty as all get-out. [Editor’s Note: We do not encourage creating the entire feast your pup. Instead, pick and choose a food or two from the menu and control the portion sizes. The key to a happy digestive system, folks, is moderation.]
Turkey: It’s Thanksgiving, and for the carnivores among us, that means the focus is on turkey. (We’re all about that baste.) Lucky for your pup, turkey is just fine for him to enjoy, too! Things to keep in mind: white meat is best for him, and never feed your dog the turkey skin or bones.
Sweet, sweet puptato. Sweet potatoes are a great treat for your pup. To keep things healthy, serve your pup a bit of plain baked sweet potatoes without the skin, and make sure it hasn’t been doused in butter or seasonings yet.
Veggies. Served in small amounts, steamed carrots, broccoli, and green beans are health foods for your dog. Some trainers even use frozen green beans as a training treat.
Cranberries. Cranberries are packed with great vitamins that can benefit your dog. If you’re making your cranberry sauce from scratch, feel free to share a bit. But if you’re feasting on the canned or jelly cranberry sauce, skip it altogether. That stuff has a lot of sugar, which isn’t healthy for Fido.
Bread (not dough). Bread rolls (in small quantities) won’t hurt your buddy. But skip the raw bread dough. The heat from your pup’s body may cause swallowed bread dough to rise inside of him, which is uncomfortable at best and fatal at worst.
Pumpkin (skip the pie and spices). Dogs ruv pumpkin! The plain stuff, pure and good (like your dog’s heart). Avoid sharing canned pumpkin pie filling or a pumpkin pie – it’s too rich for your dog’s digestive system. And make sure the pumpkin you do feed your dog hasn’t been spiced or seasoned: spices like nutmeg and sage are poisonous for your pooch.
Bone appétit, pups!
(Photo by @murrow_the_frenchie)
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