As you know, I talk about human nutrition, but, today, I’d like you share with you a little information about what is good and bad, even dangerous to feed your fur-babies.
If you have 4 legged babies at your house, I’m sure they sit and watch you eat and beg for a taste of your food. I know mine do! And who can resist those big, sad, poor me, puppy dog eyes?? Just be careful what table scrapes you give them. Especially with the holidays coming up.
After all, we all know Grandma will slip a few pieces of turkey off her plate which is ok, but then, there’s Uncle John. Funny Uncle John gets a kick out of feeding the dog something he shouldn’t just to watch the dog lick its lips in agony. Let’s face it, a dog will eat just about anything you give it, so, it’s up to you as a doggie parent to know what’s right and wrong.
If you are serving up the traditional Thanksgiving meal, things should be ok, such as plain green beans, cooked potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plain apples from the apple salad. The exceptions would be feeding your dog anything that has onions or leeks in it. Onions are toxic and can cause blood cell damage. Also, raisins or currents. They can cause kidney failure. Some types of mushrooms are also poisonous to dogs causing them to go into shock and even death. So, I wouldn’t give things like stuffing or a salad that contains raisins, or mushrooms.
Also, if you are planning on having guacamole and chips as an appetizer, please don’t let Uncle John give your dog any guacamole!! Avocados are not good and will cause your dog’s tummy to be upset with vomiting and diarrhea. That’s something no one wants to clean up at a family gathering! Also, don’t let Uncle John let your dog drink his beer!! Alcohol can make a dog intoxicated and lead to coma and death.
As for little Jimmy sitting at the table eating that turkey leg, make doubly sure he doesn’t give that bone to your pup! Cooked bones, especially poultry bones are brittle and will splinter. That might cause stomach lacerations. Also, don’t let little Jimmy share his milk with the pup. Dogs are naturally lactose intolerant and too much milk will cause diarrhea. Once again, not a good thing to happen when you have a house full of guests!
Then be careful when you give baby Suzie that chocolate candy bar. It’s true there is nothing like the face of a little one eating a chocolate bar. But if your dog happens to grab it out of her hand, it could be trouble!! Chocolate is toxic to your dog’s heart and nervous system and can cause death. Also, watch out for little Tommy. He’s chewing gum! Oh no! He’s sharing his gum with the dog!! The ingredient xylitol in gum and candy can cause liver failure, hypoglycemia and even death.
Now, we go to Grandpa. He’s sitting in his comfy chair watching the football game. You put out nutritional snacks such as grapes and a bowl of walnuts and almonds to be shelled. Grandpa’s hands shake a little and he ends up dropping more grapes than he eats and walnut meat and shells are everywhere around the chair. Here comes the fur-baby. Naturally, she will start cleaning up around the chair. After all, if Grandpa is eating, it must be good! Grapes will cause kidney damage and nuts effect the nervous system and can cause muscle damage.
While the men are watching football, naturally, the women end up in the kitchen with the dishes. What are you going to do with the turkey fat in the pan. Hmmm, pour it over your dogs dry food? NO!! Too much fat in your dog’s diet can cause pancreatitis. That is very painful for your baby.
It’s time for pie. You start to brew some coffee and, and Grandma slices up the pie. Aunt Janie says she has a headache so she opens up a bottle of Tylenol. Whoops, she drops a few pills and can’t find them all. Here comes your pup. She sniffs around and you see her eat something. Tylenol and other like pills can cause kidney failure and GI ulcers. While you bend down to help find the pills, you happen to spill your whole cup of coffee. Here comes your 4-legged cleaning machine. STOP! Once again, you don’t want to clean up vomit or diarrhea!! Too much caffeine is toxic to the heart and nervous system.
If you do want to give you pup a Thanksgiving treat, sweet potatoes are a good thing as long as they’re plain and not covered in sugary syrup and marshmallows. Carrots are also a good treat. Once again make sure they are free of any sugary glazing. Dogs can have apples, bananas, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, cooked eggs and potatoes, broccoli, and even shrimp!! Pumpkin, pears, lettuce, spinach, rice, green beans, peanut butter, plain yogurt, and oatmeal are good choices when it comes to table treats. This isn’t the whole list of foods your dog can eat or not eat so if you’re not sure, check with your vet. Better yet, stick to special made dog treats!
If you would like to make your own special dog treats for Thanksgiving, you might like to make, Pumpkin apple dog treats!
4-4.5 cups oatmeal plus additional
1 medium apple
1 cup of canned pumpkin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Put the oatmeal in a food processor and grind it. Make sure it’s ground evenly. Remove all the seeds from the apple. SEEDS ARE POISONOUS TO DOGS! Grate apple ad mix it with the oatmeal in a large bowl. Add the egg and the canned pumpkin and mix well. The batter will be thick and a little sticky.
Dust your surface with oatmeal and roll the dough to 1/2 inch thick. Take a dog cookie cutter and make into cookies. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet. Bake in over for approximately 15 minutes or until the treats are golden and crispy. Let cool and serve!!
Store treats in an airtight container for up to a week.
If you would like to read more about dogs, let me know!! They are kinda my “thing”!!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!