Can Dogs Eat…? The Thanksgiving Edition

“Can Dogs Eat…?” Thanksgiving Edition

(Use the colored icons as a quick guide:
Green indicates yes, yellow indicates sometimes, red indicates never)

Thanksgiving Main Course:

Turkey for Dogs

Go for It, but Be Careful

Benefits:

Feed your dog your Thanksgiving turkey scraps, but avoid giving your dog Thanksgiving turkey skin, bones, or prepping (seasonings, onions, garlic, etc).

Turkey offers your dog selenium and protein which offers dogs the nutrients:

  • Needed to rebuild their muscles and organs
  • Antioxidant activity to fight damaging free radicals

Can Dogs Eat Tofo (for Tofo Turkey Lovers)

Benefits:

Offers your dog a variety of vitamins, most especially:

  • Manganese
  • Calcium
  • Protein

Manganese helps your dog properly absorb nutrients in their system. Calcium supports bone formation, muscle contraction, and nerve signals. Protein helps support the components of your dog’s organs and tissues.

Cons:

Animal proteins are much better for dogs than a soy-based protein. In some cases, tofu can lead to bloating or digestive upset in dogs. Lastly, the soy used in tofu typically has high levels of pesticides.

Ham for Dogs

Avoid It

Cons:

Many veterinarians do not support the offering of ham to dogs because of the high salt and fat content. Eating ham can lead to digestive upset. Although ham is a meat-based protein, the salt and fat contents make it a less than preferable food choice for your dog.

Merrick Classic Grain Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner Canned Dog Food

Try this tasty Thanksgiving Dog treat this year instead!

Thanksgiving Sides

Can Dogs Eat Mashed Potatoes

Go for It, but Be Careful

Benefits:

Feed your dog boiled potatoes before mashing them and before adding seasonings and milk. In some cases, dogs are lactose intolerant and mashed potatoes can cause digestive upset.

Potatoes have a lot of vitamin C and vitamin B6 which acts as an antioxidant and supports the making of proteins, hormones, and neurotransmitters respectively.

Can Dogs Eat Rolls (Wheat or White)

Wheat is Best

Benefits:

A simple, plain bread (either wheat or white) is okay to give your dog in moderation. Breads with butter, raisins, onion, garlic, banana, or other spices is best to avoid. A whole grain bread is best!

Whole grain bread offers your dog manganese which helps your dog properly absorb nutrients in their system. White bread is more processed, so it offers lower amounts of nutritional value.

Can Dogs Eat Mac and Cheese

Avoid It

Cons:

Dogs do not digest dairy products (like cheese or milk) well, so eating even a small amount of mac and cheese could cause a lot of Thanksgiving pain for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Stuffing

Avoid It

Cons:

Dogs usually should avoid eating stuffing because stuffing includes a variety of spices and herbs like onions and garlic that can be extremely toxic to dogs. Stick to saving your stuffing for your Thanksgiving visitors.

Can Dogs Eat Creamed Corn

Avoid It

Cons:

Corn is difficult for dogs to digest. Similarly, the dairy products used to create creamed corn can lead to digestive upset in your dog. Therefore, we recommend keeping creamed corn for yourself.

Thanksgiving Vegetables

Can Dogs Eat Squash

Share Your Cooked Squash

Benefits:

Cook your squash and your dog will be happy for the treat! Cooking the squash breaks down the enzymes in the vegetable making it easier for your dog to digest.

Squash offers your dog a variety of nutrients that support a healthy skin, coat, and eyes. Squash also supports your dog’s immune system and cardiovascular system:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin Thiamin
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese

Cons:

Stick to moderation when offering your dog squash, and make sure that the squash is cooked in some way in order to make it easier for everyone in your home to digest. Also avoid offering your dog squash that is seasoned.

Can Dogs Eat Carrots

Cooked or Raw, Carrots are the Way to Go

Benefits:

Carrots are well known for their vitamin A content, making them excellent for keeping your dog’s eyes, skin, and coat healthy as they age. Raw carrots help clean your dog’s teeth, and cooked carrots are easier for your dog to digest.

Cons:

Place pieces of raw carrot in your dog’s slow feeder bowl to ensure they don’t choke on pieces of carrot.

Can Dogs Eat Spinach

Fresh is Best

Benefits:

For homes that enjoy creamed spinach on Thanksgiving day, avoid sharing the final product with your dog. Dog’s digestive systems do not handle dairy products well.

Small amounts of fresh spinach, can offer your dog (and you) a variety of delicious nutrients like iron, antioxidants, beta-carotene and vitamins A, B,C, and K.

Cons:

Long term eating of large amounts of spinach can make it difficult for your dog to absorb calcium, leading to kidney damage. Offer spinach to your dog sparingly!

Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts

Sparingly

Benefits:

Dogs benefit from the fiber and vitamins K and C in Brussel sprouts. These vitamins strengthen your dog’s bones and support a healthy immune system. Brussel sprouts also have a lot of antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body protecting your dog against disease and illness.

Cons:

Brussel sprouts can lead to smelly farts or diarrhea in your dog. The fiber in the vegetable help move bowels and assist in the health of the colon. Although the gas can be disruptive and smelly, Brussel sprouts help prevent waste and toxins from accumulating in the colon, which is great when they are eaten in moderation.

Can Dogs Eat Cranberries (Fresh)

Sparingly

Benefits:

Although fresh cranberries offer your dog powerful antioxidant nutrients, cranberries are typically not appetizing to dogs without added sugar. Unfortunately, adding sugar to unsweetened cranberry juice or fresh cranberries is not beneficial to your dog’s health one bit. If your dog eats cranberries fresh, offer a few! Otherwise, don’t feel bad about passing on them.

Can Dogs Eat Cranberry Sauce

Avoid It

Cons:

Cranberry sauce should be avoided for dogs because it typically includes a lot of excess sugar. In some cases, cranberry sauces include nuts, pineapple, or raisins that are toxic to dogs. We recommend skipping this at all costs.

Can Dogs Eat Green Beans

Go for it!

Benefits:

Plain raw, steamed, or canned green beans are great for dogs to eat. They are a healthy treat full of vitamins that help your dog feel full while gaining access to:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Protein

Green beans are a great treat that is a healthier alternative to dog biscuits – especially for dogs losing weight.

Can Dogs Eat Beets

Go for it!

Benefits:

Pieces of plain beets (either raw or boiled) are non-toxic to beets. Beets are a great way to spice up your dog’s diet, but they don’t offer as much nutritional value to dogs as they offer to humans. Avoid giving your dog canned beets because they typically have a lot of sodium, that can negatively affect your dog’s health.

Thanksgiving Desserts

Sweet Potato for Dogs

Share Your Cooked Sweet Potatoes

Benefits:

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A which supports healthy skin, muscles, and eyes in your dog. Sweet potato treats are a g great disease and infection fighter due to the antioxidants present in the sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are gluten free and have fiber that supports a healthy digestive system.

Cons:

Candied yams and sweet potato pie fillings may contain too much sugar for your dog. That can cause digestive upset including diarrhea. Avoid the hassle by offering your dog boiled sweet potatoes before the preppings.

Pumpkin for Dogs

Share Your Canned Pumpkin

Benefits:

Canned pumpkin is great for your dog because it is simple and pureed. Offer this to your dog as a tasty treat! Fresh and raw pumpkin is also digestible by dogs, but canned pumpkin is easiest on their digestive system.

If you offer your dog pumpkin seeds, clean and roast them (leave them unsalted). Do not serve your dog raw pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin helps your dog with weight loss and supports healthy digestion in the case of constipation or dog diarrhea.

Merrick Classic Grain Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner Wet Dog Food

What Thanksgiving treats will you give your dog this year?

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