When everyone gathers around for Thanksgiving dinner, chances are high that you will see your dog nearby. Instead of pushing your dog away or feeling guilty over those puppy-dog eyes, consider feeding him some of the following foods for a healthy start to the holidays:
Meats are almost always a safe bet when feeding your dog. Animals need higher protein intakes than humans, so feeding your dog turkey is a great way to give him that protein. However, turkey skin contains a lot of fat, so keep the skin away from your dog. Just as you should with chicken bones, keep turkey bones away from your dog to prevent a choking hazard.
Potatoes make a great filler in a dog’s diet, so feel free to offer him some leftovers. Be aware of ingredients you put in the mashed potatoes, however. Dogs may not be able to handle dairy products like sour cream and cheese. If you are planning to give your dog some potatoes, take out some plain mashed potatoes before mixing in other ingredients or use low sodium chicken broth to season the whole batch and skip the dairy altogether.
Dogs deserve something sweet too! While he can’t have any pie, your dog will appreciate a little bit of cranberry sauce as an after-dinner snack. Watch the sugar content and added ingredients, though. Sugars and chemicals—especially those found in canned cranberry sauce—may be harmful to your dog’s health. Homemade cranberry sauce or all natural canned varieties are the most favorable choices.
Another great addition to your dog’s Thanksgiving dinner are green beans. These are healthy veggies that can be found easily during the Thanksgiving season. Again, be aware of any ingredients you add to the beans. If they are in a casserole, then you may refrain from feeding your dog the green beans. Like the mashed potatoes, you can set aside some non-seasoned green beans to feed your dog during dinner time.
With the holidays fast approaching, your dog may be eating unfamiliar sweets and foods that aren’t good for him. Keep him healthy and safe with the helpful staff of Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale. We are available at (480) 800-4559 to schedule your next appointment.