With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it is helpful to know what foods your dog can enjoy as well. They without a doubt will be begging at the table, but who wouldn't be? There are some staple Thanksgiving foods that are acceptable to feed so your dog can enjoy a feast too. It is also good to know what to avoid feeding them.
Those who say feeding dogs human food is bad, are just wrong. All dogs diets should include REAL food. Many kibbles are filled with by-products and artificial ingredients. Most are unaware of this and feed what is most convenient. While I believe in feeding my dog a nutritious kibble, I also like to spoil them with treats and special meals. If i get to enjoy turkey, why can't they?! If you want your dog to have a Thanksgiving meal, here are some options:
- Turkey and Ham
You can feed your dog raw or cooked meat. There are tons of animals that consume a raw diet alongside their carnivore friends in the animal kingdom. Raw meat, while it poses a threat to humans, can be consumed by dogs thanks to their industrial digestive systems. Their stomachs are able to overcome the potential bacteria that may be lurking in the meat. The raw meat contains essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals. If you are still concerned about raw meat, feeding them cooked meat that is not fried or drenched in seasonings, is a great treat as well.
Eggs, like meat, can be consumed raw or cooked. While you are whipping up those desserts, don't be afraid to crack one for your pup! They are sure to love you for it. They offer a complete source of amino acids, and provide vitamins and minerals including: vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, and fatty acids. These benefits far outweigh the risks. Some might say they are too high in cholesterol, but just like humans we must feed them in moderation. Adding eggs to your dogs diet, can help them achieve a balanced diet.
Now I am not saying slice your dog of pie, but I think they would love some dessert too. Canned pumpkin puree is a great addition to their regular food or just a spoonful. Be careful not to feed them the sugary pie filling as that will not be a good source of vitamins and minerals. Pumpkin is filled with fiber and beta-carotene. Also, if you notice your dog has diarrhea, adding a tablespoon of pumpkin is sure to help!
Without a doubt, food is bound to fall on the floor while cooking and eating, but there are some things we should pick up before the dog finds the scraps.
- Cooked Bones
- Macadamia Nuts
- Dough, Batter, and Yeast
May you, your family, and the dogs be filled with lots of yummy foods and love!