Be Leery with your Thanksgiving Leftovers
Known as the season of sharing, Thanksgiving never falls short of one thing: food! If you’re hosting this holiday, and have 4-legged family members in your home, share this list with those who might try and sneak table scraps to your pets.
What you can share: High in protein and full of flavor, turkey is an all around treat for dogs. It’s as the saying goes, “The leaner the meat, the more delicious and safe the treat.” Beware: Be sure to remove excess skin and bones from any piece of meat you feed your dog. Petsbest notes, “Bones can cause severe indigestion in dogs and cats, potentially causing vomiting and obstructing the bowel.”
“Bones may also splinter and cause damage to the inside of the stomach and intestines. In some cases, turkey bones may even puncture through the stomach and cause potentially fatal abdominal infections.”
What you can share: Unfortunately, there isn’t much that is safe for your dog in this dish. Be safe and skip sharing the stuffing with your pup. Beware: As Care2 explains, “If you use mushrooms, onions, sage, leeks, chives, garlic, scallions, pepper or a variety of other ingredients, don’t even think about giving stuffing or gravy to your dogs and cats. Many of these ingredients are downright toxic to their little systems.”
3. Cranberry Sauce
What you can share: By themselves, cranberries can be beneficial to your dog’s health, and are even listed as key ingredients in your dog’s food. Containing vitamins, and antioxidants, cranberries are a delicious treat on Thanksgiving. Beware: Canned cranberry sauce contains high amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup which your pet should not consume. If your sauce is canned or is homemade with extra sugar, it’s best not to share this sweet sauce with your dog.
4. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
What you can share: Experts at The Honest Kitchen agree, that before adding the good stuff to your potatoes (like butter and salt) you can share potatoes with your pooch. According to Redbarn, sweet potatoes in particular have a range of health benefits including fiber which is great for digestion. Beware: As noted before, onions, garlic, and powders of these ingredients are harmful to dogs. If your potatoes and gravy contain these spices, sharing is not recommended.
5. Pumpkin Pie
What you can share: “Pumpkin is both nutritious and delicious for your pup…Canned natural pumpkin is a great source of fiber and helps with digestive regularity” – PetMD. Beware: “Most recipes for pumpkin pie call for nutmeg and cinnamon. While humans love nutmeg for all sorts of reasons, it’s dangerous for dogs. Nutmeg contains a toxin called myristicin, which in large amounts can cause seizures and problems with the central nervous system. So keep those pies out of reach and don’t feed forkfuls to your best friend” – Care2.