Food is the star of the show on Thanksgiving for us and our dogs. While there are quite a few holiday treats that are unsafe for dogs to eat, there are plenty of tasty treats they can enjoy. As you start planning your Thanksgiving meal, don’t forget to include a few foods your dogs can eat. Need some inspiration? Your friends at OVRS are here with a list of what your dog can eat on Thanksgiving:
Turkey! Kind Of…
The actual meat of the turkey is perfectly safe for pups to enjoy, but there are some caveats. Be sure your turkey has no skin or bones before slipping it to your eager canine. If your turkey has been seasoned with butter or any spices and the meat feels fatty, you should probably skip out on sharing it. Too much fat can lead to pancreatitis. If you have some plain turkey meat that is free from bones, you can let your dog have a little.
Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are actually healthy snacks for dogs throughout the year. They are full of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta carotene. Best of all? They provide a delicious and sweet treat for your pups that makes them feel truly special. If you are going to give your dogs sweet potatoes, though, be sure to follow similar rules as you do for your turkey; make sure they are plain and cooked without butter or seasoning.
Lights, Cameras, Apples!
Another sweeter food that’s safe for dogs, apples are a fall favorite that can help your pooch feel included in your meal. Chewing them also gets some plaque and tartar off the teeth, which can help improve dental health. Be sure to cut the apple up into small pieces, and do not include any portions near the core. In large quantities, apple seeds can be very harmful to dogs.
Green Beans, Carrots, Broccoli, and Peas, Oh My!
Most of your side vegetables will be safe for your dogs to eat as long as they have not been cooked in butter or seasoned. If you are planning to zhuzh up your veggies for your actual meal, set some aside for your pet before you add the extra ingredients. Just as they do for humans, many veggies provide important micronutrients and vitamins that are healthy for pets.
Pumpkin isn’t just a cute nickname for your dog—it is also a delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving treat for them to enjoy. Pumpkin is helpful for digestion, and vets often recommend it if a dog is having a bit of tummy trouble. It can also make your pooch’s skin and coat shine. Whenever feeding your dog pumpkin, be sure it is the only ingredient. Sometimes canned pumpkin will have some extra fillers that can prove harmful for your pets.
What your dog can eat on Thanksgiving is quite a few things from your holiday table–as long as you follow the basic guidelines above.
Although we hope everyone has a safe and incident-free holiday, the team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services provides 24/7 specialty and emergency vet care. We are always here to ensure your pets have the care they need when they need it. Call (248) 334‑6877 to learn more.