Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving? Food is a huge part of the autumn holiday, and our canine companions are definitely more than happy to help us celebrate. It’s probably safe to say that Fido will be putting on his most effective sad-puppy expressions when those delicious meals start coming out of the oven. There’s no reason you can’t give your pooch something yummy. However, you’ll need to take care to only offer him things that are safe. A local Champaign, IL vet offers some insight on that below.
Meat, Fish, And Poultry
Man’s Best Friend is a big fan of meat, which makes up the bulk of his diet in the wild. Fido will be happy to know that most types of meat are safe for him … with a few caveats. First and foremost: never give your pooch meat on the bone. Cooked bone is very brittle, and can break into sharp slivers when chewed. This is very dangerous! You’ll also want to remove the skin and fat as well. Limit organ meat, such as kidney and liver. It’s fine in small doses, but too much can lead to Vitamin A toxicity. Finally, take it easy on processed meats, especially salty, fatty things like sausage, bacon, and pepperoni. (Note: make Fido do a trick for his snack. Dogs love being rewarded.)
Fruits And Veggies
Meat should form the bulk of Fido’s diet, but it doesn’t offer him all the nutrients he needs. Many fruits and veggies are not only safe for dogs, but are actually healthy for them. Some of the suitable options you may find on a Thanksgiving menu include cooked carrots, peas, green beans, spinach, apple, pumpkin, squash, and sweet potato. Remove seeds, pips, pits, and thick skins before giving them to your four-legged pal.
Cheese is just as popular with dogs as it is with people. A small amount is okay here and there, but this is another thing you want to limit. Fido may also enjoy some cooked egg, or a bit of natural peanut butter.
What’s on that no-no list? Grapes, currants, and raisins are the most dangerous for pups. Chocolate is also poisonous to Fido. Other things to keep out of paws’ reach include garlic and onion, caffeine, alcohol, avocado, and anything that contains xylitol and/or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for more info.
Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Champaign, IL pet hospital, anytime!