Ten Thanksgiving Day foods that are safe for dogs
November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, which means savory turkey dinners and plates overloaded with mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are about to be enjoyed by millions around the country. This remarkable holiday is great for reconnecting with family, but it's also a wonderful time for dogs, too!
If you recently brought home a pup from the shelter, you may be wondering whether or not it's safe to share a few Thanksgiving Day dishes with your companion. Once a puppy adoption is complete, it's important to remember that preparation is key when it comes to bringing your four-legged friends along. So if you're longing to share your table scraps with your new dog, consider the following ten options.
1. Turkey. Sure, you love turkey, but did you know dogs adore it as well? The Huffington Post reports that turkey is plenty safe for canines as long as it's not raw. However, bones are best avoided, as these can potentially harm teeth as well as internal organs.
2. Mashed potatoes. Creamy helpings of mashed potatoes are a welcome addition to a Thanksgiving meal, and as long as you avoid gravy and butter, they're safe for dogs, according to Dogster.com.
3. Corn. Has your dog been eyeing your bowl of corn enviously? It may not seem like a canine favorite, but the source reports that it can help boost your canine's energy levels.
4. Cranberries and blueberries. It turns out that a small amount of these fruits can provide dogs with vitamin C and antioxidants. According to PawNation.com, blueberries are also packed with fiber and phytochemicals - when eaten in small amounts, they can give pooch's a real boost!
5. Green beans. Whether you love a good green bean casserole or you plan to nibble on them raw, green beans are an ultra-healthy and delicious addition to any Thanksgiving meal. Packed with nutrients, green beans are a healthy treat for heavy-set dogs that need to watch those calories!
6. Apples. If you recently brought your pet home from a New York animal shelter, you may be looking for ways to bond. Offering your new companion a few succulent apple slices while you prepare an apple pie can be a great way to spend some quality time together. Modern Dog magazine reports that, like with blueberries, apples offer phytochemicals as well as vitamins A and C. One bit of advice - you should never let dogs chew on apple cores, as seeds can be harmful to their overall wellness.
7. Sweet potatoes. Is sweet potato casserole a favorite dish for your family on the holiday? It's about to become your dog's as well. Served mashed or cooked, a spoonful of sweet potatoes in your dog's dish offers up a tremendous amount of fiber and carotenoids.
8. Carrots. Similar to sweet potatoes, carrots deliver a power-packed punch of nutrients, including potassium, fiber and vitamins. In addition to being delicious, they remain an excellent choice if you're looking to improve a dog's dental health.
9. Stuffing. Do you want to get your dog leaping for joy? As long as it's free of onions and broccoli, stuffing can be a warm and scrumptious addition to a dog's dish.
10. Pumpkin. Dogs have a soft spot for sweets, just like you. With canned or cooked pumpkin, you can indulge dogs' love of treats with a veggie that's rife with beta carotenes, vitamins and fiber.
Playing it safe.
If you have doubts about the safety of certain foods, you should contact a New York veterinary practitioner who can give you advice about whether a particular ingredient or meal is canine-friendly. This can also be a great time to schedule a checkup for dogs to ensure that everything's in tip-top condition!