We get it. It doesn’t seem fair that everyone in your human family gets to eat a delicious feast that took days to prepare when your dog has to eat regular old dog food — even if that dog food is pink.
But feeding your dog a taste of everything you make may lead to him having an upset stomach for days — and, let’s be honest, there’s nothing that ruins a tryptophan buzz like a spate of diarrhea.
According to a veterinary expert from Nature’s Recipe, there are safe ways to feed your dog a Thanksgiving feast without risking sickness. Below are her suggestions.
1. Dogs should only eat about 40 grams of turkey at a time.
This is less than 1/10th of a pound, so instead of piling a mound of the juiciest cuttings in a bowl, mix them first with steamed or raw green beans, sweet potatoes (without the butter and sugar), carrots, broccoli, spinach, celery, fennel, Brussels sprouts, apples, or even cranberries. “Even a marshmallow or two can be safely treated,” says the veterinary expert.
2. Set aside tastes of dishes before you add the onions and garlic.
Onions and garlic are used in many Thanksgiving dishes to add depth of flavor for humans — but in dogs, such ingredients can cause anemia ... or worse. If you plan on sautéing your green beans with garlic, or your stuffing with onions, set aside a little taste of the base for your pup before you do so. This can be added to his turkey treat!
3. Skip the gravy.
Yes, we know, your dog would freak if you let him have a spoonful of your gravy. But a dog that hasn’t been exposed to extremely fatty foods can develop severe gastroenteritis and potentially pancreatitis. So before you drizzle gravy over Buddy’s turkey, remember that he’s over the moon already that he gets a human food treat — he won’t miss the fixings.
4. Uncooked yeast dough could give your dog alcohol poisoning.
You’re making your own biscuits and bread for the Thanksgiving table? Can we come over to your house? Your dog probably is also pretty thrilled, but giving him a taste of the dough could give him or her alcohol poisoning. “The heat and moisture in his stomach will allow the dough to continue to rise and release … alcohol,” says the veterinary expert. To avoid having to take your dog to the hospital like a teenager who overdid it on spring break, keep all rising dough out of reach.
It goes without saying that you should avoid well-known toxic treats such as grapes, chocolate, and alcoholic beverages. For a list of foods to avoid, the veterinary expert recommends visiting the ASPCA’s website.
More than anything – we hope you and your doggo enjoy Thanksgiving!
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