Thanksgiving

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.

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