Thanksgiving is that special time of year when we gather around a big table of food to give thanks for our families, friends and dogs – that’s right, our dogs.
You’re probably wondering, “How can I ‘thank’ my dog, especially when so many foods for humans are dangerous for dogs?” Actually, there are a few foods served at Thanksgiving that you can feed your dog.
For example, plain white turkey meat, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and corn are actually really good for your dog – it’s just a matter of how you prepare the food.
Remember to serve new food to your dog in moderation, because overdoing it can make him sick. According to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, “Feeding dogs large quantities of a new food, as well as fatty foods, such as turkey gravy, mashed potatoes with butter, and dressing, can cause pancreatitis. This potentially deadly inflammation of the pancreas produces severe symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting.”
WARNING: Sharing these foods with your dog will result in one happy pooch giving you sloppy kisses and endless tail wags.
15. Sweet potatoes without the skin
14. Raw apple slices
13. Steamed carrots, broccoli or string beans without any seasoning or salt
12. Raw carrots
11. Salt-free chicken broth
10. Yams – no brown sugar or marshmallows
9. Corn – in small amounts, provides carbs for energy
8. Cranberries – high in Vitamin C and antioxidants
7. Mashed potatoes without the gravy
6. Pumpkin, before you turn it into pie
5. Stuffing – only if you don’t use onions or garlic in the recipe
4. Wild rice without seasoning – a good source of fiber
3. Milk – good for bone strength
2. Whole, raw eggs – stick one in the blender for your dog; the shell provides calcium while the white and yolk provide protein
1. Turkey, without the skin or bone