Dogs love Thanksgiving, but not everything on the holiday table is good for canine consumption. We’ve rounded up some fun homemade dog food recipes for Turkey Day, plus a quick list of which foods to avoid for your dog.
No Bones About It
A lot of common Thanksgiving items are either too rich, too fatty, or too sharp for that doggy digestive tract.
- Turkey Bones: These can splinter and cause damage to their insides.
- Turkey Skin and Gravy: It’s just too fatty.
- Chocolate: Poisonous for dogs, of course.
- Stuffing: Since they often contain onion, raisins, and nuts, they can cause health problems for dogs.
- Bread Dough: It can raise in their stomach or intestines and create blockages and other problems.
- Left-Out Leftovers: If it’s been out on the table and humans are all done, it’s not a good idea to pass lukewarm leavings off to the pet. They’re just as susceptible to salmonella and the like, so use the same caution you would with guests on two legs.
On the plus side, let’s celebrate several healthy concoctions your dog is going to love!
Thanksgiving Hash for Dogs
Raechel Ray’s DIY recipe suggests mixing a bunch of those Thanksgiving staples like skinned and shredded roast turkey, sweet potato, sage, and cranberry sauce. Substitute toast if that stuffing has objectionable additives and in a few minutes you’ve got a holiday meal that’s more than fit for canine consumption.
Chicken Thanksgiving for Dogs
Perhaps your roasted turkey has been basted and seasoned to the point that it’s simply too rich for your sensitive dog.Look for this chicken-based Thanksgiving dinner substitute. Add eggs, carrots, green beans, and more, and you’ve got a healthy offering rich in vitamins, nutrients, and fiber.
Buck tradition with this Italian-inspired recipe. Beef and pork mingle with carrots and cheese, plus some bread crumbs and parsley, atop an optional bed of pasta.
For Dessert: Pumpkin Pie for Pets
Pumpkin pie for dogs? Yes indeed. For more pumpkin options, check out All Things Pumpkin for Your Pooch.
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
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