Thanksgiving Dinner for Pups
We all know and love the greatness of Thanksgiving! I mean honestly, what is better than a holiday all about eating?! Well, I thought this year it would be more fun to get our pups involved in Thanksgiving as well. Today, we are featuring all of the Thanksgiving and dog friendly foods that you can give to your pup!
Of course we've got to start with the turkey, because what is Thanksgiving without turkey?!
Turkey is considered a lean white meat that actually helps dogs build muscle. You may find turkey in many of your dog's food or treats. This source of protein is easily digestible for dogs, making turkey great for all pups, including those with sensitive stomachs. If you're going to feed your pup turkey, make sure the skin is removed and that there are no additional spices or salts added to the meat. The additional salts and spices can cause issues for your pup, also, be sure the turkey is plane and has no onions in it, as onions can be toxic to dogs! If you have any questions regarding the amount to give to your dog or what is safe and what is not, please contact your vet.
Next up, cranberries! Whether you like the real stuff or the canned stuff, we recommend giving your dog plain cranberry rather than the good stuff that is loaded with sugar! While cranberries are not necessarily toxic to dogs, they definitely need to be fed in moderation and they do not have any proven benefits for your pup! Cranberries are often found in dog treats, and that is exactly what they should be left as... a treat!
While you're cooking up that green bean casserole for Thanksgiving day, you may sneak a couple of green beans to your shadow standing next to you. Green beans are filled with great vitamins for dogs such as proteins, irons, calcium and vitamins A, C, K and B6. Green beans are also full of fiber and are low in calories, which is great for a pup on a diet! Much like the turkey and the cranberries, you're going to want to make sure you're serving this delicious and nutritious treat to your pup all natural with no seasonings or salt added.
Would it really be Thanksgiving if we left the beloved sweet potato off the list?! Sweet potatoes, as expected, are known for offering an abundance of health benefits for your pup. Sweet potatoes are found to be an excellent source of dietary fiber, helping the digestive system function more effectively and that eating fibers can lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers. These nutrient dense carbs are also low in fat and rich in vitamins A, B6, C, calcium, potassium, and iron! Sweet potatoes make an excellent treat for you pup, which are easy to make yourself or can be purchased in your local pet store.
Our next Dog Friendly Thanksgiving food are carrots! Carrots can also be found in many dog foods and treats. Carrots are a low fat and low calorie treat for dogs that also have high levels of fiber. These favorite vegetable also are rich in vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for dogs and is a required additive to all commercially produced dog foods. One thing you may not know about carrots are that they can also support your dog's dental health!
A favorite Thanksgiving fruit you may find on your table this year are apples! Apples are an excelled source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium and phosphorus. These sweet fruits are also a way to satisfy your fur baby's sweet tooth! These low in calorie sweet treats are also a way to clean your dog's teeth which they chew the apple pieces! While feeding your pup an apple, make sure you're cutting the apple into slices or pieces, leaving out the steep and core. The seeds can contain cyanide, which is a toxic substance for your pup.
I mean, seriously?! How did I get this far into the blog without mentioning pumpkin?! I can't believe I almost forgot this. Pumpkin is a great treat for your pup, being that it is so nutrient-rich. They are high in vitamin C and potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, improves muscle health, and assists in metabolism. Pumpkins can also be found to have smaller amounts of vitamin c, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, folate and so much more. Because fo the Vitamin A, pumpkin benefits your pup's eyes and because it's combined with vitamin A, pumpkin can be known to boost immune health. Some other great things pumpkin are known to do for your dog include moisturize skin and coat, prevents urinary incontinence, encourages digestive regularity, naturally controls parasites, aids in weight loss, and hydrates your pup!
With all of these tasty treats being great for your pup, we feel it is so important to list some other Thanksgiving favorites that you should always avoid giving to your pup.
We hope your Thanksgiving for both you and your pup are filled with happiness, traditions, love and safety. We know this Thanksgiving is going to be so different for so many people, but we encourage you to embrace the core of Thanksgiving this year; being thankful for everything amazing in your life and of course we can't forget your pups! As always, be sure to follow us on all social media platforms (@dogmomsofocny).
Love, The Dog Moms of OCNY crew.