While you prepare to sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s easy to want to share some of the delectable dinner with your four legged family members.  But, it may be best to not give in to the temptation to dole out a portion to your pooch without making sure it’s safe.  Some Thanksgiving food is perfectly okay for your dog, but there is also some food that you should avoid at all costs.  Here is the breakdown on how to navigate Thanksgiving with your pets.

Go for it: Lean turkey is a definite do, just make sure it has no bones or excessive fat. Pumpkin has actually recently been touted as a doggy super food; helping them with digestive and urinary health.  Make sure you don’t feed them raw pumpkin or pie filling, but fresh or canned pumpkin can be an excellent choice for their holiday feast.  Potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots are also great if you dish out a portion before you slather on the butter, cream or sugar.

Avoid it:   Green bean casserole and stuffing are definitely a no-go for your pet because they usually have alliums.  Things like onion, garlic and mushrooms — all of which are potentially harmful for your dog.  Also, anything too spicy or with too much sugar or butter will give them a stomach ache.  Make sure to avoid any sugar free treats with with Xylitol. This artificial sweetener is fatal to dogs.

One last tip is to make sure to take out the trash as soon as you put any food or bones in it so your dog won’t be tempted to rummage through it looking for a snack.  Let guests know the house rules on keeping the door shut and what not to feed your pets. If you’re having a lot of family and friends over, it’s a good idea to makes sure your pets tags and microchips are up to date, just in case they get out.

It’s hard to say no to those sweet pleading eyes when you’re carving the turkey.  But it’s good to keep in mind that their digestive track can’t handle all of the savory ingredients and spices that we add to our foods.  In fact, vets tend to see increased office visits for gastrointestinal reasons during the holidays.  Play it smart and have a happy and healthy holiday!






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