The countdown for Thanksgiving has begun, and I'm sure your furry friend is already salivating in anticipation for some scrumptious turkey. However, it's important to keep in mind that dogs have different digestive systems than humans, and feeding them the wrong food can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea. To prevent any discomfort, it's important to be mindful of what you're feeding your pup.
Here's a list of what your canine can safely eat for Thanksgiving: 1. Plain, unseasoned turkey. When cooking turkey for your dog, it is important to remember to cook it thoroughly without any seasoning. This is to prevent your pet from getting sick since raw turkey can contain harmful bacteria. Additionally, you should avoid using any seasonings, such as garlic, onion, or nutmeg, as they can be toxic to dogs. Therefore, it is best to stick to plain, fully-cooked turkey for your furry friend.
2. Potatoes. Mashed potatoes without any added seasonings are safe for consumption. Your furry friend can also enjoy sweet potatoes and regular potatoes, as long as they are not loaded with salt, butter, or any other toxic seasoning that we mentioned earlier.
Pumpkin is a natural source of fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and iron which can help regulate digestion and bowel movements in dogs. It's a common ingredient in many dog treats and can be especially helpful if your dog has constipation or diarrhea.
4. Cranberries. Cranberry sauce, dried cranberries, and raw cranberries are all safe for your pets to consume without any added sugar or spices. While raw cranberries can be a choking hazard if not given in moderation or mixed with other Thanksgiving treats, you can still offer them to your dog in limited amounts or mix them with other safe foods.
The holiday season is a time for celebrating, enjoying delicious food, and spreading joy! If you are someone who loves to spread holiday cheer and wants to ensure your furry friend is also part of the celebrations, there are four great and safe options available to you! Moreover, if you are feeling extra generous, you can even make homemade treats for your dog!
Homemade Pumpkin Treats for your Pup:
1 cup of freshly cooked pumpkin or unsweetened canned pumpkin.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Take a large mixing bowl and add 1 cup of pumpkin to it.
3. In another bowl, whip an egg and pour it into the pumpkin mixture. Mix well.
4. Add flour to the mixture, stir, and then transfer it to a non-stick surface.
5. Knead the dough with your hands until it is well-mixed. Roll it out on a floured surface until it is 1/2" thick.
6. Cut the dough into squares using a pizza cutter or knife. For small dogs, a 3/4" square is recommended, and for medium to large dogs, a 1" square is recommended.
7. Bake the squares in the oven for 30 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
8. Let the treats cool down before giving them to your dog.
Recipe from www.gardentherapy.ca.