Prep for Your Dog's Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving Day is one of the many times to cherish with your family.

Along with spending family time often comes enjoying a huge feast.

Our dogs are a huge part of our family. They're our best friends. They are part of the family circle; so, why not create a thanksgiving feast that won't hurt their tummy.

Unfortunately, not everything on our plate can go in your dog's special dish. There are certain ingredients, preservatives, etc. in the food we’re eating that are harmful to our dog.

The ‘No-No’ Foods

There are several foods that are extremely harmful to dogs we generally have at Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure your dog doesn’t get his paws on any of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Onions
  • Cooked bones
  • Nutmeg

What Goes on the Plate? 

Turkey! 

Turkey is acceptable to feed your dog in small amounts (but not the fatty parts). 

Turkey Gravy!

Turkey gravy has tons of spices and goodies for us (as humans), but they're a no-no for our dog. But, don't get discouraged. Luckily most pet stores carry some type of gravy you can grab to pour onto that delicious slab of turkey for your pup. 

Sweet Potatoes on the Side

Not everyone has sweet potatoes with their Thanksgiving meal, but if you do, there's a bunch of goodies in those healthy sweets. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and beta-carotene. Throw a little on that plate for your pup.

Carrots, Anyone? 

Carrots. We need to be careful on this one. Carrots are high in sugar (wouldn’t have guessed, right?), so if your dog is diabetic, carrots should be kept far away from their plate. For other dogs, carrots are an excellent low-calorie, high-fiber addition their doggy plate.

Pumpkin for the Tummy

Finally, pumpkin. Yep, you read that correctly. Pumpkin helps regulate your dog’s digestive system. The pumpkin can be steamed or baked (depending on what your dog prefers).

P.S.- Be sure not to grab the canned pumpkin from the local grocery store; it has spices and preservatives your pup can’t have. We don't want a sick dog on Thanksgiving (or ever!). 

Plain, organic pumpkin on the dish can settle your dog’s tummy after her little doggy feast. 

Keep an Eye Out

We'll talk more about this during the week! Keep an eye out for recipes, too! 

 

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