During the holidays, it’s only natural to want to share in the celebration with your dog—after all, he’s part of the family too. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving often sees an uptick in veterinary visits, because many of the foods served on the dinner table aren’t healthy choices for Fido. However, there are some common ingredients from your Thanksgiving feast that your dog can happily enjoy. Instead of allowing guests to share table scraps with the family dog, prepare a plate of these healthy ingredients for your pup to enjoy while everyone else eats their dinner.
Plain Green Beans
If you’re making green bean casserole, set aside a handful of plain green beans to add to your dog’s dinner plate. Green beans are a great high-fiber addition to your dog’s special plate, just make sure they are cooked and free of added salt.
While you’re whipping up the pumpkin pie, reserve a scoop of plain canned pumpkin. You will often see pumpkin as an ingredient in dog food, because it’s high in protein and essential nutrients. Plus, it can aid in digestion.
Turkey Meat with no Skin
Turkey is probably the table scrap that dogs eat the most of on Thanksgiving. Most people assume that turkey is harmless, because dogs love meat. However, the Thanksgiving turkey is often prepared with lots of butter, salt, and oil that won’t agree with Fido’s stomach. You can feed your dog turkey, but it should be unseasoned, skinless white meat to prevent any stomach upset.
Plain Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are another food that seems harmless for dogs but can cause some serious problems because of the other ingredients in the dish, such as milk, butter, sour cream, and cheese. If you want to share potatoes with your pup, mash one or two without any mix-ins and put a scoop on his plate.
If your dog accidentally ingests any unsafe foods during the holidays, you can count on Horizon Animal Hospital for the veterinary care he needs to feel better. To schedule your dog’s next visit with our caring, compassionate team, contact us at (480) 800-4559.