Happy Thanksgiving from Davi

It’s no secret that dogs have voracious appetites and, quite frankly, low standards when it comes to food. I wouldn’t have a problem eating a month old cracker found under the couch cushion or nibbling on an old sock, so it’s no wonder that I’m always up for sharing whatever is on my human’s plate, especially during the holidays. 

If your pets are planning to join your family for the Thanksgiving feast, it’s important to know who can eat what. Human food and dogs don’t get along that great, especially the flavorful, seasoned dishes served during the holidays.

So, what can dogs eat on Thanksgiving?  Before your dog gobbles up a heap of goodies, let’s take a gander at some foods that are safe and even healthy for dogs.  

Sweet Potatoes:

While Nana’s candied yams are a hit with humans, all that sugar is sure to upset a dog’s tummy. Sweet potatoes alone, however, are a great source of vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, and muscles, and helps prevent disease and infection. This seasonal spud is also packed with fiber, potassium, and many other much-needed nutrients.

Turkey:

Thanksgiving, for most families, is all about the bird. While most dogs will beg relentlessly for turkey scraps, they don’t realize that a couple snippets could send them straight to the emergency room with a life-threatening condition.  Cooked turkey is safe, but it must be unseasoned. Turkey bones are also off-limits, as they can easily crunch and splinter, causing damage to the inside of the stomach and intestines. The turkey’s skin is also out of bounds, as its rich flavor can make a dog sick.  However, if plain, without the extra fats, turkey meat is a healthy protein for pets.

Carrots:

Carrots are actually good healthy, low-calorie treats for dogs. They are rich in minerals and vitamins, which help to improve eyesight and prevent disease, and have a rough texture, which can aid in dental health. Raw carrots are sweet and crunchy, which most dogs love, but cooked carrots – unseasoned – are also a tasty treat.

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Green Beans:

Green beans are a casserole staple for some families, but dogs prefer these snappy veggies raw. Loaded with iron and a great source of fiber for dogs, green beans are also low in calories and packed with vitamins – a nutritional bonus, so toss a handful to the hounds before adding Nana’s secret seasoning.

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, of course – but it’s also about food.  My mouth is already watering with anticipation from those savory smells in the kitchen. As long as you know which grub to snub – and which food to fetch, you are sure to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Be thankful for your family, and the foods that keep you healthy.  And remember, the safest treat of all is a recipe of love, attention, and playtime.

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