Ok, so we have our first question – and wouldn’t you know, it’s a Thanksgiving related one.
“Are Thanksgiving leftovers safe for dogs?”
So I know that most of you out there in blog-land probably celebrate Thanksgiving, and I realize that Fido probably gets some of that. He’s a part of your family, so you (of course) want to include him.
The long and short of it is that people food? Isn’t so great for dogs. Mashed potatoes are full of butter and fat, same thing with the sweet variety. Cranberry sauce has a ton of sugar in it, and onions? Are toxic.
Most gravies have too high a fat content, and honestly, that bird that you’re cooking probably has a high fat content as well. Oh sure, the white meat might be fine, but think about it – did you fry your bird? Or slather it in butter? Most dogs live off of dry kibble, and it honestly doesn’t have as high of a fat content as people food does. If you feed your dog the Thanksgiving leftovers, you’ll wind up with a dog that has diarrhea and/or vomiting. Doesn’t that sound fun?
What I would do, if you want your dog to partake in a Thanksgiving day feast, is to buy a good-quality canned food to put on top of his dry food. There’s a ton of canned foods out there that make special seasonal varieties – Merrick, for instance, makes a good food called Thanksgiving Day Feast. Alternatively, green beans are a great snack for dogs – so if you want to give him a few raw pieces before cooking them into your casserole, that would be a great low-cal treat. Same thing with carrots. If you want to slice off a piece of white meat (a piece, no skin, no bones, and don’t overdo it) to give to your pup, go for it. Just remember that it’s just a treat – not the meal.
Dogs have systems that are much more sensitive than our own. I know it’s hard to believe, considering that Fido has probably eaten all manner of things, but it’s the truth. Keep your leftovers for yourself, and do your best to avoid the puppy face – you’ll be thankful you did later.
There are two types of people in this world. Those who like animals, and those who don’t. This blog is for those who do.
It’s a place for answers. Answers to questions pertaining to animals.
But, who the hell am I?
I am your local humble pet-store employee. I’ve worked in petstores for about four or five years now, and (at the danger of sounding like a complete ass) I like to think I know a thing or two about the animal world. I’m an animal junkie, someone who’s so completely obsessed over the animal kingdom that it borders on psychotic (just ask some of my ex-boyfriends). I’m not a vet, mind you. I don’t know what the best medicine is for your dog’s cancer, or what that rash is.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER VET CARE.
But I can explain why your dog decided to turn your silk shirt into his chewtoy. I can explain why your son’s prized goldfish decided to…well…swim with the fishes. And I can explain why, why oh why, your cat thinks he’s superior towards every living creature on earth.
I also know what it’s like to be a new pet owner. I know what it’s like to panic as you watch your new puppy inhale copious amounts of trash. I know what its like to be completely clueless about an animal, only to face the scorn of those who know better. Oh yea. I’m familiar with those sorts.
So shoot me your questions. And if you don’t, that’s ok too – I have years of them stored up. And I promise that if I don’t know the answer, I’ll be completely up front about not knowing, and I’ll do my best to find someone who does (I know a LOT of people in the pet industry).
So deal? Deal.