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Thanksgiving Treat Dos and Don’ts for Dogs

It’s that time of year again. The humans begin to decorate with all kinds of sparkly, enticing balls on prickly trees, family and friends visit and bring canine cousins to stay, and the chef of the house starts cooking things that make your dogs tail curl they smell so good. Your canine family members may not completely understand the holiday season, but trust me, they know something special is going on!

Thanksgiving and Christmas are most definitely two very special holidays. Your pets are part of your family and you don’t want to leave them out of the celebration, and your shouldn’t, but there are a few things to remember that will help make this holiday season a joyful and vet visit free time of year.

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Turkey: The main dish
Turkey will be on the top of most grocery lists. It’s the typical meat chosen for thanksgiving feasts. This lean meat makes a great thanksgiving treat for your pup. Just make sure it’s fully cooked and remove the skin, then put a few pieces on top of your dog’s food! They’ll love the snack and feel like a part of the celebration.

Dressing: The sidekick to the main dish
Dressing makes our turkey taste just that much better. We can’t imagine having thanksgiving dinner without it. But dressing isn’t a part of a dog’s natural diet and shouldn’t be a part of his thanksgiving celebration. Many cooks use sage as a seasoning in dressing and the herb can leave your dog’s stomach quite disgruntled. Just say no to giving your dog dressing.

Sweet Potatoes: The perfect side dish
Sweet potatoes are that perfect blend of healthy and scrumptiously good! We love them, and dog’s do too! As a matter if fact, they’re great for digestion and an overall healthy human food for your dog. Just remember, if you’ve got sweet potato casserole instead of plain sweet potatoes you should probably refrain from sharing. Your dog doesn’t need all the extra goodness that comes in the casserole!

Pumpkin Pie: The dessert
Pumpkin is another human food that makes a great snack for dogs. Pumpkin has lots if great benefits for canines including digestive health and urinary health. Remember portions are the main thing here. Your dog doesn’t need an entire pumpkin pie, but a lick or two, or three, won’t hurt him!

A dog begging for food under the table with it's head in it's owners lap.

A few things to make sure an avoid giving your dog include onions, garlic, and nuts. All of these foods can make your dog very sick. With so many great options for a thanksgiving snack, why would you want to risk making them sick by giving them one of those items?

And last, remember how you feel after eating all day. You’re stuffed and possibly regretting the last plate of food. Don’t give your dog so many snacks that he spends the rest of his day feeling that way. No one wants to feel bloated and sick! No, not even your dog (although he’ll probably eat anything you keep putting down)!!!

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