Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. But while you’re feasting on all the delicious holiday dishes, it’s important to remember that not all human food is safe for dogs. Here are some Thanksgiving foods that you can and cannot feed your furry friend:
Foods that you CAN feed your dog:
- Turkey: Turkey is a lean protein source that is safe for dogs, as long as it is plain and not seasoned with any harmful spices or herbs.
- Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber and vitamins for dogs, but make sure they are cooked and not mixed with any harmful ingredients such as sugar or spices.
- Green beans: Plain, steamed green beans are a healthy and nutritious treat for dogs. They are low in calories and high in fiber.
- Pumpkin: Plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) can be a great source of fiber and vitamins for dogs.
Foods that you CANNOT feed your dog:
- Gravy and sauces: Gravy and other sauces often contain large amounts of salt and other harmful ingredients that can be dangerous for dogs.
- Stuffing: Stuffing is often made with onions, garlic, and other harmful spices that can cause an upset stomach or even be toxic to dogs.
- Desserts: Most desserts are loaded with sugar and fats that can be harmful to dogs. Chocolate is also extremely toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
- Bones: While it may be tempting to give your dog a turkey bone, bones can splinter and cause serious damage to your dog’s digestive system.
Remember, it’s always best to stick to your dog’s regular diet and avoid feeding them any table scraps or leftover Thanksgiving dishes that could be harmful. If you want to give your furry friend a special treat, consider giving them a small piece of plain, cooked turkey or a spoonful of plain pumpkin. As always, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns or questions about your dog’s diet or health.