What You Can and Can’t Give Your Dog

Thanksgiving tends leave you with a ton of leftovers and there are some we can share with our canine buddies. However, it’s important to know which foods are ok and aren’t. If you have used spices, onion, or other ingredients with some of your meats and vegetables that could be harmful to your pup, it’s best to not give them any scraps. If you haven’t, then it should be ok but remember, everything in moderation.

What foods are safe for your pup?

Pieces of turkey, prime rib, and ham are fine for your dog as long as they are all well-cooked and free from pepper, onion, dill, and other spices. Take into account though if your pet has a sensitive stomach or any food allergies before tossing a few pieces of meat in with her usual food.

Bones are not ok for your dog to chew on. They can splinter and cause problems in the trachea, stomach, and make your dog very sick and uncomfortable. Your dog could even choke on it. If your dog likes to chew consider buying antlers from your local pet store. They last forever, are good for your dog’s teeth in helping to remove plaque, and are safe.

Vegetables like green beans that are steamed without any extra additives are ok for your dog. So are peas and carrots that are cooked. Avoid corn because it is hard for dogs to digest it.

Sweet potatoes and white potatoes are good for your dog to eat but be sure to remove the skins as they are not healthy. Again, no added ingredients. Your dog doesn’t need salt, butter, or cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Do not give your dog onions or anything that has them in it or grapes. These are commonly added to dishes and if yours contain any of them, then that means she can’t have it.

Cranberries that are mashed up into a sauce are ok or even whole ones are good. Cranberry sauce that has sugar added to it is not ok for your dog.

Pumpkin and squash that is cooked can be blended into your dog’s normal diet and helps promote a healthy digestive tract. If your dog sometimes has problems going potty, a little pumpkin can help.

Do not give your dog any stuffing, breads, or other carbs. Dogs do not breakdown or digest carbohydrates well and their liver is placed into overdrive as it tries to produce enough enzymes to break the carbs down.

Gravy and broths are also good for your dog and make their dry kibble extra tasty. Again, as long as there isn’t any additives like salt, onion, or other things, these are ok.

Your dog will smell all this yummy food and may want to know what is going on in the kitchen. You could use this time as a way to reinforce commands and reward her with some of the leftovers. Or just let her know that you’re thankful to have her in your life.

Have a safe and happy holiday!


2 thoughts on “What You Can and Can’t Give Your Dog

  1. Carrots are good to give to dogs but they get little from them nutritionally when they are given raw. Dogs do not possess the ability to break down the cellulose therefore the carrots exit the dog in virtually the same condition as they entered. Cooking breaks down the cell walls but alters the nutritional content so dehydrated is the best way to get the nutrients, vitamins and minerals into your pets diet.

  2. I’ve had 7 dogs in the past – the current one is a Black Lab puppy named “Ninja”. My dogs always ate what I eat, including grapes (one time my dog Rocky and I shared 2 pounds of purple grapes – I threw them up in the air and Rocky would catch them). Rocky would also salivate at the smell of pickled Jalopenos, which I eat from the can. Rocky ate all of these things without ill effect.

    Perhaps it was luck or providence, but it is, I think, better to err on the side of caution. My dog Ninja is like my daughter, and God forbid that I could hurt her by feeding her something she craves or begs for. All true dog lovers “spoil” their dogs, but I won’t do it if there is any possibility of making her sick (or killing her) by doing so.

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