You can almost hear tummies rumbling around the country as we start dreaming about Thanksgiving. In just a few short weeks we will be diving into a smorgasbord of delectable dishes. We may love the decadent butter and cream filled foods and may think our pets under the table will enjoy them as well, but this is not always the case.
Veterinarians actually see an increase in office visits after holidays due to digestive issues brought about from our rich holiday spread. If you know your pet will be heartbroken without at least a few bits of table food this holiday, make sure to feed your dog on Thanksgiving things that are best for them to digest.
- Lean turkey: Turkey is actually a pretty healthy choice for your pets to eat on Thanksgiving. However, it is really filling, so they don’t need a whole lot to fill their bellies. Also, make sure it has no bones or excessive fat on it and they should be good to go.
- Rolls: Who doesn’t love a good warm roll? Just like us, most dogs love bread and rolls are something that they definitely can enjoy in moderation. Small bites are best and no extra butter!
- Pumpkin Puree: If you’re making a pumpkin pie then save a little of the plain puree for your pup. Pumpkin has actually recently been touted as a doggy super food; helping them with digestive and urinary health. Make sure you don’t feed them raw pumpkin or pie filling, but canned cooked pumpkin can be an excellent choice for their holiday feast.
- Potatoes: This one comes with a bit of a caveat. If your potatoes are extremely rich with butter and cream then it’s not the best choice as it may give your dog a stomach ache. Plain potatoes are much better suited for their digestive system, so before you add all the extra flavor spoon them a little to the side and save it for them to have at dinner.
- Sweet Potatoes: If you’re regular potatoes seem too savory for your dog, then they may enjoy sweet potatoes instead. Avoid candied yams, or sweet potato casserole because the butter and sugar could spell a stomach ache for them.
- Carrots: As with the rest of the items you can serve your pet this holiday, make sure the carrots you give them not too buttery or have too much brown sugar in them.
It’s hard not to let our pets enjoy holiday food, especially our dog on Thanksgiving when they look at you with those pleading eyes. But it’s good to keep in mind that their digestive track can’t handle all of the spices and things we add to our foods. In fact, vets tend to see increased office visit for gastrointestinal reasons during the holidays. It may be best just to give your pets a special store bought treat just for them to avoid any needless discomfort this holiday season. After all, it’s the holidays, a time to be jumping around, not down with a tummy ache!