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Thanksgiving No's & Go's for Sharing Food With Your Dog

Thanksgiving No's & Go's for Sharing Food With Your Dog

Bone appétit, everyone! It’s that special time of year again when families and friends make lots of delicious food together and sit down to enjoy it all, and potentially, work it off with a walk!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, your pup has lots to be thankful for during meal prep and mealtime. So while you get all of the delicious food ready for your human family, follow a few of Johnna Devereaux’s sensible "do’s and don’ts" for your fur family.

Say NO to: 

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Sharing your potatoes! Besides being a starch that easily converts to sugar in the body, white potatoes are part of the nightshade family of plants. Plants in this family can cause varying levels of inflammation in the body, which can aggravate sore, achy joints.

Cooked bones! Cooked bones have lost all of their moisture and nutrients during the cooking process and become brittle. Brittle bones will easily splinter and once swallowed may cause internal perforation.

Stuffing! Stuffing isn't good for our dogs for many reasons. Most importantly the onions that many of us include in our stuffing recipe are toxic to them. 

Turkey drippings & skin! Though our dogs may love the taste, it doesn't mean it's good for them. They are chock full of fat (and the spices you've prepared your meal with) and may cause your dog severe digestive upset and troublesome potty trips.

Sweets/Desserts! Dogs have no need for sugar in their diet and if your dessert contains chocolate your dog is in for a double whammy! Best to leave all desserts for our human family only!

So … GO ahead and give them:

Woman removing Thanksgiving from oven with dog watching

A long-term chew! Providing your dog with an appropriate chew will occupy them while you and your guests eat and keep them entertained! Opt for a safe bully stick, split deer or elk antler or marrow bone.

A little bit of turkey! Our dogs CAN enjoy Thanksgiving with us—just be certain to give them muscle or breast meat and make sure there are no bones or excess fat in with their helping. Also, no paws on the table!

Cranberries! We aren't talking about the cranberry sauce here­—but the actual fresh cranberries you've bought to make that sauce! Cranberries are chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants—just make sure to purée them before you mix into your dog's food otherwise their bodies won't be able to absorb the beneficial nutrients!

Green beans! Again we're talking about feeding them before we've cooked them with butter and spices. Fresh, organic green beans are a great way to help satiate your pup when they are feeling extra hungry—they fill them up and deliver very few calories per bite!

Pumpkin! Not pumpkin-pie filling, but organic, canned 100% pumpkin—use it to fill your pup's favorite puzzle toy—mix it with a few treats and freeze for a treat that will last them throughout dessert!

Keep this list handy as you near the Thanksgiving holiday, sit to enjoy the meal (possibly go back for seconds?), and of course, give thanks for our friends, family, and furries!

 Now, who’s ready for that walk?

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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