Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, share good times, and eat good food with the ones you love. Gazing across the table, admiring the immaculate feast you have prepared for your family, your eyes wander to the floor where you see poor, little Fido pushing around his holiday meal,dry kibble.
Although your pooches kibble does meet all of his daily nutritional values, it’s not much of a holiday meal. Our Thanksgiving meals are about homestyle comfort food, stuffing ourselves with stuffing, being thankful we can share that elaborate meal with family and friends. Truly a time to be thankful for the things we have in life.
Show your pooch just how thankful you are to have him this Thanksgiving with the 6 things you can share with your pup from your Thanksgiving feast!
1. Turkey Breast
It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the turkey. Let your dog in on the holiday tradition and share a small amount of BONELESS turkey breast. Turkey bones are small and the sharp edges can cause problems like a foreign body obstruction, gastrointestinal upset, or even a esophageal foreign body. Bones aren’t the only thing you need to be cautious of when sharing a turkey dinner. Turkey scraps, such as the skin or trimmings, are high in fat and do not make the pancreas very happy. Foods high in fat can cause pancreatitis, inflammation and over-stimulation of the pancreas.
Some dog breeds, like the Shetland Sheepdog, Yorkshire Terrier or the Miniature Schnauzer, have especially sensitive pancreatic organs and it is better to skip this thanksgiving treat.
2. Turkey Stuffing
The second most popular Thanksgiving food tradition, the stuffing! Although stuffing has no real nutritional value for you or your pet, it is safe to give your pooch a small spoonful off your plate. Just make sure to remove all raisins, garlic and onions before letting your dog have some as these foods are poisonous to canines.
The stuffing should be cooked thoroughly, as uncooked bread can lead to an ethanol and carbon dioxide formation caused by active yeast. If ingested, you dog could bloat or develop hypoglycemia.
A side of cranberries can be a healthy, vitamin packed snack for you to share with your dog. Cranberry juice can be used to help dogs with chronic urinary tract infections. By lowering the canine’s pH levels, cranberries make the urine more acidic and the infection causing bacteria can no longer live in that environment. Plus, this action packed berry contains two or more bacteria inhibiting agents. The same agents that most medications used to treat urinary tract infections contain. Although cranberries should never replace these medications, they can certainly help your dog recover faster and prevent an infection from accuring in the first place.
So, If you are making this Thanksgiving cranberry sauce from scratch, dish out that yummy treat for your pooch to enjoy.
However, if you cranberries come from a can, your dog can’t eat them. Canned cranberries are filled with artificial sugars and sweeteners that are not good for Fido.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Pass those potatoes down and off the table to your furry friend. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and dogs love them! High in fiber and vitamins, sweet potatoes are the perfect holiday treat that you can feel good about sharing with your dog. Just make sure to give this treat before you top them with those fluffy marshmallows. Marshmallows contain the artificial sugar known as Xylitol which is poisonous to dogs.
5. Green Beans
You’ll feel good about sharing this green bean goodness. Green beans are low in calories, as well as packed full of fiber and vitamins. As long as you don’t add on any butter or gravy, green beans make the perfect holiday snack for Fido.
Is your dog drooling over the dessert plate? Why not give him a little taste of the sweet stuff. Although the finished product is not suitable for dogs to consume, you can share a pie in the making.
Feed those hungry eyes with raw pumpkin. Pumpkins are sweet in taste and can actually aid in your dog’s digestions, which is perfect if Fido bit off a little more than he could chew. Just don’t let him put his nose in a can of pie filling, as canned filling is high in sugars and not suitable for your dog to consume.
Making it an apple pie this year? Share a couple of those apple slices with your pooch. Just make sure to take out those tough seeds. Apples are a low-calorie snack, rich in antioxidant and have a sweet taste that dogs love.
Modify your Thanksgiving meal this year to show just how thankful you are to have your best pooch at your side. Setting aside a few ingredients here and there, can make one happy pup this holiday season. Make it a safe meal by checking with your veterinarian about any possible food allergies your dog may have. Canine food allergies are rare, but not unheard of. It’s also is important to know that just like any food, too much of a good thing can cause big problems. If you allow your dog to over indulge in his Thanksgiving feast, this can cause him to develop terrible tummy troubles and possibly diarrhea.
Pull up another chair at this Thanksgiving feast and let your pooch join in on the bountiful banquet. Just don’t let him dive into too much of that turkey and stuffing, or you’ll have more than just the kitchen to clean up!