Cold Turkey : Safe Suggestions for a Canine-Friendly Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s natural to want to share some of the holiday cheer with your four-legged family members, but many of your Turkey Day favorites can wreak havoc on a pup’s body. Do you know which foods are safe to share?

Perilous Provisions for Pups to Pass on:

– Turkey skin/fat/dark meat/Bones

– Anything fatty – butter, gravies, or cheese in excess

– Sugar and fake sugar

– Onions

– Garlic

– Spices like Sage and Nutmeg

While they may all sound delicious to us, these culprits don’t play nice with puppy tummies. The symptoms can range from simple upset stomachs and diarrhea to seizures and even death. So when concocting a Thanksgiving Day feast for Fido, stick to tried and true canine classics.

Delicious Delicacies to Devour:

– Lean White Turkey Breast

– Cranberries

– Mashed Potatoes

– Green Beans

– Carrots

– Canned Pumpkin

Basically, think whole foods. Instead of feeding your pups the finished products, set aside some of the food as you prepare it. Keep a bowl out just for Fido as you’re cooking; add in the cooked potatoes (before the butter and cream), the boiled cranberries (before you add in the sugar), and a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin (before you add in the sugar and spices). While it may seem a little bland by our standards, it’ll be a decadent treat for your pups. You could even make it easier by buying a canine-friendly premade dinner. Merrick makes a delicious (or so we’re told by our doggy counterparts) Thanksgiving Day dinner that looks good enough to pass as a dish for your human guests. So whether you’re cooking a nine-course dinner or just whipping out the can opener, let’s make this a special day for every member of your family, not just the ones on two legs. 


Monthly Mutt : Pittsburgh Edition : November 2014 : Diet