The holidays are quickly creeping up on us and we’re bustling around gathering ingredients, recipes and preparing to cook family meals. However, if you’re like me, you’re also thinking of your four-legged family members when it comes to the cooking process. While feeding table scraps from your plate is generally frowned upon and not recommended, did you know there is another option? An option that is safe, HEALTHY and easy.
Make your dog their own meal!
It’s important to know what foods are safe for your pet and to avoid seasonings or rich foods. We don’t want you spending your holiday evening caring for an upset dog belly! Encourage your house guests not to offer any table scraps to Fido and assure them they’ll be getting their own meal later. You can also consider placing your dog in a safe place away from the dinner meal to avoid rule breakers!
Now, what will Fido be having for dinner? Here are 3 holiday meal staples that can be adapted for your dog.
While your potatoes are likely cooked in butter, baked with marshmallows or even baked into a pie, your dogs should not be! High fat or sugar items can cause severe stomach upset or even pancreatitis. Sweet potatoes are a superfood that is full of carotene, vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Feed your pup his/her potatoes raw, dried or boiled.
Obviously, the main course, turkey, is your dog’s dream! Avoid offering any skin, or fat from the turkey as this can cause diarrhea. Bones are also a no, no as these can splint. However, cooked turkey is perfectly safe in small portions. When you’re cleaning up and storing your turkey, go ahead and set aside a few pieces on breast meat for your pups’ dinner!
Many holiday meals include a vegetable side. Green beans and even carrots are a great option for your dog! Since we like to add butter and other seasonings to our vegetables, it’s best to save a small portion to offer to your dog either raw or boiled. Be sure to avoid onions as these are toxic to dogs.