Holidays bring family and loved ones together, and dogs are family. Celebrations are a huge part of the Holidays and food is an important part of those celebrations. Traditional feasts and treats are what this time of year is all about. Especially on Thanksgiving, food makes the Holiday memorable but can be dangerous for our little furry scavengers. We are going to let you know what foods are safe for dogs and what foods to be careful with. Most importantly we will go over what foods are dangerous, so you can make sure they don’t fall on the floor where your pup can reach.
Unhealthy Foods To Be Aware Of
These foods are not healthy for your dog, and shouldn’t be given to them intentionally, but if they get a hold of some of these leftovers it won’t be the end of the world. However, it may leave to a few carpet stains and an upset stomach. If your dog does eat any of these foods, watch them closely, give them plenty of water, and be forgiving of accidents.
- Ham: Though many humans love ham on Thanksgiving, Dog’s stomachs don’t love it. Ham is high in fat and sodium which isn’t the healthiest option for our pups.
- Mashed Potatoes: Plain potatoes are totally safe for dogs to eat. However, mashed potatoes (especially good mashed potatoes) are drenched in gravy and smothered in butter. Butter and gravy are not healthy for dogs’ gut health and cause diarrhea.
- Turkey Bones, skins, or gravy: These foods cause major constipation for dogs. Turkey bones are very brittle and can cause injuries in a dog’s mouth. They also are a major choking hazard, so it’s best to avoid these.
- Bread: Plain white or brown bread is generally safe in small amounts, too much bread can cause constipation. Be careful if you are making your own bread because unbaked yeast can be toxic for dogs.
- Dairy: Dairy is known for causing diarrhea and constipation in dogs. Be careful with the amount they consume. A little bit of whipped cream is totally safe, just make sure they’re not eating a ton!
These are the foods you have to make sure your dog doesn’t get a hold of. If they do it is best to take your dog to the vet right away so they can watch them close enough and give them the right fluids and medicines.
- Stuffing or any meal that uses garlic or onion
- Corn on the cob
- Grapes or raisins
- Chocolate Dessert
- Desserts with artificial sweeteners especially Xylitol
- Yeast dough
All of these foods are toxic to dogs. Make sure you don’t leave any of these foods out for long since dogs are known for jumping up to clean your leftovers. Dispose of your leftovers carefully if you’ve had any of these foods and keep an eye on your trash!
Healthy Holiday Treats For Your Pup!
These are foods that are totally safe for your pup. They are safe and should be enjoyed! Your pup doesn’t want to miss out on these holiday festivities, here are some healthy treats that make the Holiday just as exciting for them as it is for you.
- Pumpkin: Sugar-free canned pumpkin puree is a healthy festive treat your pup can have.
- Turkey Meat: Plain skinless white turkey meat is high in protein and is a delicious treat. Avoid the skin because most turkey skin is seasoned.
- Potatoes: Plain potatoes, even sweet potatoes, are a safe, healthy, and natural treat for dogs.
- Apple slices: Apple slices are full of healthy beneficial vitamins, A and C, and contains a good amount of fiber. This makes a perfect healthy thanksgiving treat for your dog. Just make sure you take out the seeds!
- Green Beans: Raw beans are full of nutrients and vitamins.
- Butternut Squash (before the butter and spices!): Squash helps control dogs’ diarrhea and improve overall gut health. Plus many dogs enjoy the taste.
- Dessert: There is always room for dessert! Dogs can have their own version of dessert with little sugar and absolutely no artificial flavors. You can satisfy your pet’s sweet tooth with frozen yogurt and whipped cream. Just make sure you don’t give them too much!