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We understand: Dogs are a part of the family, and you want them to enjoy tasty foods that you love, too. Unfortunately, many human foods are packed with starches and sugars that can upset dogs’ stomachs.
But fear not! Rover’s bringing you a list of dog-friendly foods dogs you usually find on the Thanksgiving table. These are healthy choices your dog can eat year-round.
On Thanksgiving, eat this, not that…
Sweet potatoes, not candied yams
While your aunt’s candied yams are a hit with the family, all that sugar is sure to upset your dog. Sweet potatoes alone, however, are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Sweet potato treats can be as simple as this dehydrated sweet potato chew recipe or as fancy as this sweet potato casserole recipe. Or give your dog a wholesome, responsibly-sourced option like these from Pet Eden.
Apples, not apple pie
Apples are full of vitamins A and C and contain plenty of fiber, making them a sweet crunchy treat for your dog. If you’re sharing an apple with your pooch, be sure to cut around the core, as large amounts of apple seeds can be toxic. While human apple pie is far too sweet for dogs, you can create a special a dessert for your pal like our Gluten-free Apple Pie Bites Some healthy dog treats contain apple for extra fiber. We like these chicken and apple sausage chews for our own pups.
Green beans, not green bean casserole
Among other things, the cream in green bean casserole is far too rich for dogs. However, with ample amounts of plant fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, plain green beans are great for dogs. If your dog has a Thanksgiving-sized appetite but needs to maintain a healthy weight, try adding dehydrated, fresh, or frozen green beans to your favorite savory dog treat recipe or sprinkle in their bowl to keep them full and healthy. Or, for some crunchy fun, feed Fido some frozen green beans as a snack.
Pumpkin, not pumpkin pie
As you may know from our previous post, pumpkins are a verifiable doggie superfood. Pureed pumpkin is known for its benefits to your dog’s digestive health. While pumpkin pie can have ill effects on dogs, just a few tablespoons of pumpkin pureé in your dogs’ food can help cure diarrhea and constipation. Pumpkin also has vitamins and acids that are great for your dog’s skin and coat, so it can be given as a healthy treat. You can even buy organic pumpkin prepared just for dogs! We’ve got some tasty pumpkin dog treat recipes to tempt your pup’s tummy from no-bake coconut pumpkin treats to 3 ingredient soft-bake pumpkin peanut butter cookies.
Yogurt, not ice cream
Though it’s tempting to serve your dog’s Thanksgiving dessert a la mode, ice cream is not pooch friendly! Thankfully, yogurt is a dog-friendly ice cream alternative. Calcium, protein, and live bacteria that can act as probiotics will give your dog a tasty dose of nutrients. Yogurt is great for frozen pupsicles. Be sure to pick a yogurt with no sugars or artificial sweeteners, or frozen yogurt made especially for dogs.