Thanksgiving Food For Dogs
Thanksgiving Day Foods That Are DANGEROUS For Dogs:
1. Turkey Skin
The skin of turkey can contain marinade, spices, and oils that can be difficult for your dog to digest. The high fat content in turkey skin can be quite dangerous to your dog's health.
2. Cooked Bones
Everyone knows chicken bones are bad for dogs. It's important to keep in mind, especially around the holidays, that turkey and ham bones are also dangerous for dogs. Just like chicken bones, they can splinter inside a dog's digestive track.
3. Onions & Garlic
The sulfides in onions & garlic are toxic to dogs- both raw and cooked.
Nutmeg is a spice that can cause seizures and central nervous system problems in dogs. Around the holidays, nutmeg can be found in many pumpkin and sweet potato dishes. It's good to keep in mind that pumpkin and sweet potato are both very good for your dog, but not if they're cooked in spices... nutmeg in particular.
Walnuts and macadamia nuts specifically are extremely toxic to dogs.
This herb should be left out of a dog's diet. It can cause quite an upset stomach in dogs. Thanksgiving is a time for ingesting, not standing outside watching Fido digesting all day.
The salt content in gravy is far too high for your dog. Additionally, gravy granules or powder are made for human consumption only and nearly always contain onion powder.
Safe Human Food for Dogs on Thanksgiving:
Cooked turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. However, you must take care that the scraps you give out do not have any skin/seasoning or bones.
However, you may want to limit the bits of Turkey you give to your dog. Too much turkey can cause your dog to have diarrhea, which isn't fun for anyone! If your dog does have too much turkey, it's convenient to have an indoor potty solution tucked away in another room where your dog can go to the bathroom in an emergency.
Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. They are also rich in antioxidants. Though your dog may not particularly enjoy the bitter taste of cranberries, give it a try as they are perfectly healthy in small doses.
3. Sweet Potatoes/Yams
Sweet potatoes are great for digestive health because they’re high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese. Let them fully indulge in the power and deliciousness of sweet potatoes! Just be sure they are plain and don't have any added spices, like Nutmeg.
Cooked pumpkin can be great for both diarrhea and constipation. Canned pumpkin (not raw, and not the sugary, spicy pie filling) is loaded with fiber and a great source of nutrients for pups.
5. Plain Mashed Potatoes
Feel free to mix some mashed potatoes in with your dog's food. Just be sure there is not already butter, sour cream, or gravy mixed in.
Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, and peas all make great Thanksgiving food for dogs. However, be sure to only feed your dog these veggies if they are plain. At Thanksgiving time, a lot of these veggies will be prepared as savory dishes with various spices mixed in that can be harmful to your best friend.
One last note! If you plan on sharing your Thanksgiving meal with your pup, be sure to keep in mind that it may change up their normal potty schedule. In order to make sure they don't have any accidents while you're entertaining or at a guest's house, we recommend keeping an indoor potty solution handy. We love Bark Potty because it's made from real bark which has the smells that compel your pup to "go." We also like it more than pee pads because you neutralizes odors naturally and you can't see the pee spots!