When we gather together for Thanksgiving dinner with our loved ones, the first person comes to our mind is the one we love and care the most. And there is no hard truth that no other person can replace that love and affection we have for our dog. Being an equally important family member, it is obvious to include them in this celebration as well. But, is it safe to share the same table or food items with them? We should be a little more careful while deciding as an abrupt change in their meal can lead to health issues like stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea etc. In today’s post, we are going to re-arrange your Thanksgiving food table so that you can easily differentiate what food items to share with your dog.
Thanksgiving food to share
You can’t even think of Thanksgiving without Turkey, Right? And the best part is you can share it with your little furry friend as well. This protein-rich and delicious turkey is full of micro and macronutrients for both humans and dogs. However, be careful while serving it to your pet and carefully remove bones, gravy, extra skin, and fat pieces. If possible, try to give plain lean turkey meat to your dog without any butter or seasonings.
Certain vegetables like green beans, carrots, broccoli are really a great treat for dogs. You can either cook or steam but try to feed them raw veggies with no oil, sauce, spices or salt as these items can affect the dog’s digestive system. Vegetables contain the high amount of healthy fiber, nutrients and possess anti-inflammatory properties.
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ It is a true saying not only for humans but also for our little furry friends. Apples are rich in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Serve apple slices to your pet and don’t forget to remove the stem and seeds. Applesauce will also be a great treat for canines.
Potatoes are highly rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, vitamins A and vitamin C. Having anti-inflammatory properties, potatoes lower the risk from heavy metals and oxygen radicals. Serve them boiled or cooked potatoes before adding any spicy flavors, butter, cream, garlic, gravy, cheese, sugar etc.
- Cranberry Sauce
When we talk about different types of sauces, it is always NO for dogs. But as long as cranberries are the main ingredient, this traditional cranberry sauce is a healthy and vitamin-packed flavor to share with your dog. For dogs, regulate the amount of sugar and lower the pH levels of the cranberries to treat urinary tract infections.
Thanksgiving food NOT to share
Alcohol, being a great part of our Thanksgiving food or dinner, is a big NO for pets. As dogs tend to be smaller in size than humans, a small glass of alcohol can cause life-threatening toxicity. Although many dogs love the taste of alcohol, their liver cannot break down the molecules of the alcohol easily.
Gravy may taste so delicious to both humans and dogs but it can cause some serious digestion issues in dogs. Gravies are generally made up of different ingredients like herbs, salt, sauces, dairy, garlic etc. And we all know that all these ingredients are a big NO in a dog’s diet.
We all know that every great meal or festival ends with the sweet tooth and what’s better than the chocolate when talking about something too sweet. But not in the case of dogs as it may cause diarrhea, excessive slobbering, and projectile vomiting. A small amount of chocolate especially dark chocolates, highly rich in caffeine and theobromine, may ruin your Thanksgiving dinner.
Allium is a genus of monocotyledonous flowering plants that includes hundreds of species, including the cultivated onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek, and chives. They are completely okay for humans but highly poisonous for dogs. They contain thiosulphate that has the potential to damage the red blood cells and may cause anemia as well.
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