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7 Safe and Healthy Human Foods for Dogs That You Can Serve for the Holidays
Do you want to include your favorite furry friend in your holiday celebrations? There are plenty of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods that are perfect for sharing. So, if you want to create a festive meal for your special four-legged companion, here are some safe human foods for dogs you can fill your pup’s holiday dog bowl with.
Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Turkey for dogs makes a great alternative to dog treats when served in small quantities, as this mild meat won’t produce any ill effects in most dogs.
If you decide to give your dog a piece of your turkey, make sure that you choose white meat, and remove large pieces of fat and skin. This keeps the fat content low, which can help avoid an upset tummy or a more severe problem, like pancreatitis. Be sure that your dog doesn’t get ahold of any turkey bones, either. When cooked, they have a tendency to splinter.
If your turkey is too spicy or salty or you have deep fried it, but you still want your pet to get a taste of the holidays, consider Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner grain-free canned dog food or a treat like Tylee’s Human-Grade turkey jerky.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?
However, pumpkin pie isn’t a good treat for your pet. Simple roasted pumpkin or canned pumpkin are just fine. You can set some pumpkin aside if you’re baking your own pumpkin pie, or you can share a little pure canned pumpkin with your pet.
If you’re not planning to bake this year, a pumpkin-based treat like Grandma Lucy's organic pumpkin oven baked dog treats offers a great way for your dog to still enjoy some holiday flavor.
Cranberry for Dogs
However, raw cranberries may be tough for dogs to digest. Instead, you can give your dog a small amount of cranberry sauce. Because it can be high in sugar, make sure that you serve only a small amount, and be sure that it doesn’t contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is very dangerous for dogs.
If you want to play it safe, Spot Farms Turkey Meatball Recipe with cranberries dog treats and Charlee Bear turkey liver and cranberries dog treats are both made with cranberries and other healthy human foods for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?
As a treat, you can simply serve your pup unsalted green beans—canned, frozen or fresh. If you want to incorporate green beans into your dog's regular diet, look for a nutritionally complete and balanced dog foodlike Purina Beyond Turkey and Green Bean Recipe canned dog food.
Carrots for Dogs
The occasional raw baby carrot is a crunchy, healthy treat, but cooked carrots are gentler on your dog’s stomach. You can boil or steam plain, fresh or frozen carrots. Canned carrots are also fine so long as they aren’t packaged with a lot of salt or sugar.
Sweet Potatoes for Dogs
You can also cut up raw sweet potatoes, cook them and serve them in cubes; steam and mash them; or bake or boil them—the possibilities are endless with this versatile veggie. You can even give your dog dried sweet potato treats like Fruitables sweet potato and pecan flavor crunchy dog treats.
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Be sure to cut up any raw apples you offer into appropriately sized pieces. You can even sprinkle them with a little cinnamon, which is safe for dogs in moderation. Fruitables pumpkin and apple flavor crunchy dog treats are another good option for giving your dog a taste of apple, pumpkin and cinnamon.
Holiday Foods to Avoid
· Grapes or raisins
· Macadamia nuts
· Wild mushrooms
· Onions and garlic
· Pitted fruits
· Anything caffeinated
· Sugary desserts
· High fat items
· Salty foods
· Any item that contains xylitol
If you’re concerned that your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian immediately.
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