Updated: Nov 27, 2019
To many Americans, the holidays mean time spent with family & friends, shopping, and food. It's that time of year where you feel so full and happy that you may want to give your pal a doggy feast of their own.
But before you go too crazy showing your gratitude for your best friend, remember that many foods that we eat as humans can be toxic to our animal friends.
See below for ways to give your dog their own holiday feast! Be sure not to overdo it though, you don't want to cause your BFF any undue tummy stress.
Dog Safe Holiday Foods:
Carrots (raw or steamed without butter)
Steamed green beans (without butter)
Fresh or canned pumpkin (PURE pumpkin puree only- beware of pie filling as cans often look the same). It is ridiculously healthy for dogs and full of fiber (helps when your pup is having tummy issues). I like to mix a bit in with my dogs' food.
Baked russet & sweet potatoes (inside of potato only, no skin, no butter or fixins)
Apples (Beware of the seeds- they're toxic)
Salad greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale)
Corn (cut off of the cob only; the cob themselves can cause obstructions)
Things to absolutely avoid:
NEVER give your dog turkey (or other animal) bones! They can get splintered, lodged in the throat, etc and can be deadly.
Sweets such as pie
Anything with Xylitol in the ingredients (a sugar alcohol that's toxic to dogs- often in baked goods, peanut butter, & chewing gum).
Butter, bacon, or other heavy fats
If your pet ever ingests anything of concern, please call the 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center at (855) 764-7661.
If your dog ever appears to be bloated, be aware that this is an emergency which requires life saving surgery. If you see any symptoms, you need to call your veterinarian immediately. Read more about Bloat.
Remember, too much of anything may cause tummy issues in your loved one. It's a good idea to mix a little bit in with their regular food for them to enjoy and store the rest in the fridge for their next mealtime.
I am so thankful to have my pups, loving husband, family, wonderful clients, and business that I am passionate about where I am able to work with animals. I am truly blessed.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below and let me know :)