We know. It’s hard to resist your dog and his puppy dog eyes when you’re at the dinner table enjoying turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing… and on and on! We sometimes tell ourselves, “just a tiny taste” won’t harm her, right? Wrong.
In fact, a tiny taste of some people foods can be deadly to our dogs (chocolate, for example) and other people foods (onions, for example) have a cumulative and dangerous impact on our beloved pets’ health. Add to that, if your dog is on a specific diet or if he typically eats a healthy well-balanced diet, giving him rich foods could make him sick. No one wants to be cleaning vomit or diarrhea do they?
Here is a quick checklist on what your pet can eat and what he never should on Thanksgiving (or any) other day.
Keep Your Pet Safe This Thanksgiving Day
He can eat (but really is better off on his usual diet):
- Mashed potatoes
- Plain sweet potatoes
- Plain pumpkin
He should not eat (ever):
- Undercooked turkey
- Turkey bones
- Turkey skin
- Nutmeg or foods containing nutmeg (cookies, pies, etc.)
- Coffee or other caffeinated items
Ask your guests to resist the urge to feed your dogs from the table. If you want to protect your pets and help those guests and children who just want to feed your dog, slice up some apple, carrots or uncooked slices of pumpkin or sweet potato; these items are healthy snacks, will make your pets happy to be a part of the feast and will not play havoc with their health.
What healthy treats do you feed your dogs and what do you to do assure they don’t sneak food from the dinner table? Share in the comments below or let us know on our Facebook page.