Can Your Dog Eat Your Thanksgiving Meal?

Anyone who knows me knows I love animals! While most people just feed their dogs their normal dog food on Thanksgiving, there are others who want to share their thanksgiving meal with their four legged friends. So, can your dog eat your Thanksgiving meal safely. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

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Just a Bite

Sliced pieces of turkey are fine for canines to eat. “The meat is safe. The dangers usually lie in the seasonings, skin, and bones,” says Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer of the American Kennel Club.

Serve sweet and regular potatoes that have been boiled or baked without sour cream, butter, salt, or pepper.

Apples are another healthy snack. “Cut the core out, as large amounts of the seeds can be toxic,” he warns.

Green beans provide fiber and various vitamins, but he says it’s key that “this dish should be plain, without any added ingredients like butter or spices.”

Pause before passing your dog a slice of pie. “Pumpkin is ultimately very healthy and safe for dogs. However, this goes for plain, raw pumpkin but not pie or pre-spiced pie mixes. They may contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs,” Dr. Klein says.

What to Avoid

Don’t feed pets these items: turkey bones and skin, gravy, stuffing, casseroles, creamed peas, mashed potatoes, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, cookies, pies and other sweets (especially anything containing xylitol), garlic, onions, scallions, raisins, grapes, and ham. 


Portion Control

“Breed, age, size, and energy level all factor into how often pets should eat and how much,” says Dr. Klein. Moderation is key for sharing food safely. “A general guideline is to never feed dogs weighing 40 pounds or more a portion larger than a deck of cards. For a 20-pound dog, don’t exceed half of that amount, and for a 10-pound dog, no more than a quarter of the size of a deck of cards,” Dr. Klein says.

If you do decide to share some of your feast, follow these guidelines and keep your pet safe. As always, choose organic for not only you but your pets. There are many chemicals in dog foods that can harm your animals, like glyphosate (RoundUp) and can wreak havoc with your animals health, including cancer. I also recommend ION* Gut Support for Pets.

Have a wonderful healthy organic Thanksgiving meal and remember to count your blessings!

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