Dogs Can Enjoy Some Thanksgiving Foods Too
Dogs can enjoy some Thanksgiving foods too. Thanksgiving is here and many dog owners want to include their furry friends in the holiday festivities. My wife and I certainly want to include our dog, Zoe. If you’re like us and just want your pupper to be part of the food festivities, just be mindful of what’s safe for dogs to eat and what’s healthy. Below is a list of food items that are good for dogs according to the American Kennel Club.
- Turkey: Dogs can enjoy plain, cooked turkey but avoid giving them the bones, skin, or a large quantity of fat. You also SHOULD NOT give them a turkey bone to chew on.
- Plain Vegetables: We love giving carrots to Zoe and she loves chewing on them. You can steam or boil those, green beans, or even plain mashed SWEET potatoes for a healthy side to your dog’s meal. Never use garlic, onion, or spices as they can be harmful to dogs.
- Plain Pumpkin: We give Zoe plain canned pumpkin for when she needs a bit of a digestive reset. It helps her reset almost immediately and all you need is a small spoonful added to their regular meal. It’s very beneficial to their diet.
- Apples: Slicing up apples and giving them to your dog without the seeds or core is very nutritious. Again, feed them in moderation because of the amount of natural sugar.
- Plain, Cooked Rice: I’ve known people who will cook plain white or brown rice for the week to add to their dog’s diet. It’s also great for when they have an upset stomach.
- Plain, Cooked Potatoes: Plain, cooked potatoes that are unseasoned are also good in moderation. Just avoid things like butter, and sour cream, and never give them mashed potatoes.
- Moderation is Key: Some dogs might tolerate certain Thanksgiving foods better than others so it’s best to just share small portions if you so choose to. Also, avoid high-fat, high-sugar, seasoned, or rich foods like stuffing, gravy, desserts, or anything containing onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, or artificial sweeteners, as these can be toxic to dogs and cause digestive issues or even organ damage. Review what dogs shouldn’t have here and you can also watch the video below!
Always consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your dog’s diet, especially during special occasions like Thanksgiving. Cheers to you and your furry friends! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
SOURCE| American Kennel Club