While we two-leggers typically think of Thanksgiving as a day of family, food, and football; the holiday takes on an entirely different meaning to your dog: The Day Of 1,000 Suckers.
As your house is flooded with new sights and sounds and smells, your dog’s chances of scoring some scrumptious scraps skyrockets. All of these unsuspecting people primed for the con and they don’t even know it; afterall, who can resist those pleading puppy dog eyes on Thanksgiving?
Indulging every once in awhile is perfectly fine, so if you want to show your dog how thankful you are for them, just make sure you stick to some basics. Here are 5 traditional fixins that Fido can feast on.
Note: All of these items should only be given to your dog in small quantities, especially if you don’t regularly supplement their diet with these foods; an influx of unfamiliar items can upset your dog’s stomach.
The obvious choice. Turkey is a great lean protein that your dog can enjoy in small doses. It’s best to give them skinless meat to cut down on the grease, also be sure to check thoroughly for bones!
While sweet potatoes (not yams) are preferred for their high fiber and beta carotene content, as well as being stocked with Vitamins C & B6, dogs can enjoy both sweet and regular potatoes. If you want to plate them up some mashed ‘taters just make sure their batch doesn’t have any cream, butter, garlic, or other accoutrements. And steer clear of the gravy!
If your dog enjoys vegetables, green beans are an awesome, healthy treat. Pups can’t indulge in the heavy, creamy casseroles but plain green beans are packed with nutritional goodness — I even keep a bag in the freezer and give them as treats year-round.
An apple a day would be a little excessive for your dog, but a small serving can be a delicious snack that’s rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. Just don’t give them any apple pie!
A veritable dog superfood! Canned natural pumpkin (not pie filling) or cooked fresh pumpkin has numerous health benefits for your dog which explains why pumpkin is often a top ingredient in high quality kibbles. Pumpkin can help regulate your dog’s digestive and urinary health and substituting pumpkin for a portion of their regular diet can be a healthy way to help your pet lose weight without feeling hungry.
Now you know what to do next time you see THIS face:
Once everyone has eaten their fill — and then some — it’s time to find a comfy spot on the couch and surrender to the inevitable food coma.
Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Nappy!
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