With Thanksgiving around the corner, dinner preparation and planning will be on everyone’s minds over the next few weeks. However, for those of you that are avid pet lovers, have you thought about what you plan to feed your furry friends for the occasion? If you’re like me, your dog or cat is just as much a part of the family as everyone else. Now, you may be tempted to give your dog or cat straight leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner. As wonderful as that seems, certain foods you wouldn’t expect can upset your pet’s stomach, or make them sick. Make sure you keep in mind what you are feeding your pet, or just specifically make them their own, healthy, Thanksgiving dinner. It can be hard to not slip your pet some delicious turkey scraps, or certain steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. However, if you really want to help them enjoy the holiday meal too, learn what foods they can eat that’ll keep them safe! Listed below are some foods, as shared by an article on petmd.com, that can harm or benefit your pet.
Foods Not to Give Them
- Turkey Skin- While some lean, cooked white meat can be very hearty and nutritious for your pet, make sure to remove the greasy turkey skin, bones, and fat!
- Alliums- Nothing with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) should be ingested by your pet. Ingestion of too much alliums can lead to toxic anemia in your furry friend.
- Mashed Potatoes with Additives- Although mashed potatoes themselves are not bad for your pet at all, the extra ingredients can be! Butters, cheeses, sour creams, garlic, and gravies can hurt your pet’s digestive system.
Foods You Can Give Them
- Cranberry Sauce- This sauce can actually be a perfect little treat for your dog, or even cat. Just make sure the sugar content isn’t too high, and serve it in smaller servings.
- Plain Mashed Potatoes- Plain potatoes as well as yams can be a nutritional part of your animal’s diet. As stated multiple times above, make sure there are not any other ingredients added in for your animal’s safety.
- Macaroni- If you know your pet can handle some amount of dairy, this cheesy noodle treat can be a favorite of both your dog and cat.
- Certain Steamed, Plain Veggies- Certain steamed vegetables are actually healthy for your dog. Although that fact may not be that shocking, carrots, broccoli, and greens beans are some of the healthiest for your animal. Just make sure they are not covered in any spices or butters.