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"Paws" & Give Thanks this Season: A Healthy & Safe Menu for your Dog on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and show your gratitude for the many blessings in your life, and if you’re reading this then you're definitely one of the lucky ones because those blessings include your dog(s)!

Our pups give us so much to be grateful for all year long. So this Thanksgiving, make sure to give your pup plenty of thanks, snuggles, treats — and maybe a little slice of turkey to show your appreciation!

A dog licking his chops while staring at a roasted turkey
It’s Thanksgiving after all, so plan ahead to include your dogs in the feast

If you considered serving your dog a Thanksgiving meal, but wondered, "Can dogs even eat turkey?" then read on to find out what is safe and healthy for your dog to consume and what foods to avoid. This way you can serve your favorite fur-baby a Thanksgiving meal alongside the rest of your guests, worry-free! Your pup will be so grateful.

Other than turkey, you may be surprised to find that your dog can safely eat other Thanksgiving Day foods, too. In fact, many of these foods are ingredients in natural dog foods. Below is a list of some tried and true favorites you can feel good about sharing with your dog.

A Sample Thanksgiving Day Menu for your Dog:

  • Turkey: Turkey is a good source of protein, but select turkey from the middle of the breast where it is less likely to have soaked up the fatty, salty brine, and make sure to take off the skin. The high-fat content, salt, fat and seasonings in the skin can make your dog sick. And make sure there are NO bones! Turkey bones have a tendency to splinter during chewing and digestion and can cause serious problems for your dog's throat and digestive tract.

  • Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and fiber. Remove the skin and mash up some roasted or boiled sweet potatoes before adding any additional butter, salt, sugar, or nuts. They're delicious and healthy.

  • Carrots: Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin A. If you want, steam or boil them or serve as is. However, if your dog is diabetic, you may want to avoid carrots because they can also be high in sugar.

  • Green Beans: Green beans are filling and low in calories. Use fresh or frozen green beans without any seasoning.

  • Apples: Apples are such a sweet treat for your pup. Serve slices or mash them up for your pup. Make sure to remove the core and seeds!

  • Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a wonderful addition to your dog’s food even when it’s not Thanksgiving! It's full of fiber and can help regulate your dog’s digestive tract which is a good idea after serving a meal containing foods they don’t eat often. Canned, pureed pumpkin is easy and healthy, but just make sure it’s pure pumpkin without added ingredients.

  • In addition, it's safe to feed your dog peas, but avoid creamed or canned peas. They are typically high in sodium, which is harmful to dogs in large amounts. Also, it's safe to feed your dog dinner rolls but don’t over do it. They can be very heavy and filling.

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Prepare a plate similar to how you would make yours on Thanksgiving, but be mindful of portion size so that your dog's stomach does not get upset, especially if he/she is not used to eating some of these new foods.

  2. Mix some or all of the above ingredients into a smaller portion of his/her usual food (kibble, etc…)

  3. Puree the ingredients in a blender or with an immersion blender to ensure it is smooth and easy for your dog to swallow. You can portion out individual servings in silicone cupcake liners or ice cube trays to freeze and serve as you’d like.

Foods to AVOID!

And remember, there are several common foods that are harmful to dogs. Some that might find their way to the Thanksgiving dinner table are:

  • Onions & garlic

  • Mushrooms

  • Raisins/grapes

  • Cooked bones

  • Heavy fats like butter & turkey skin

  • Avocado

  • Alcohol

  • Nuts

  • Nutmeg

  • Chocolate

In fact, there's a much longer list of foods that you shouldn't feed your dog this Thanksgiving. Some may not be poisonous but should be avoided because they are high in calories or contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, or fat which can cause indigestion. For example:

  • Stuffing

  • Casserole

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Ham and bacon

  • Yeast dough

  • Corn on the cob

  • Foods that contain spices

However you celebrate, please remember to “paws” & give thanks for your fur-baby, & reflect on everything you are grateful for. Cheers to good health, prosperity & our four-legged family members! There is a lot to be thankful for. BONE APPÈTIT!

*If a Thanksgiving meal is not something you'd consider serving your pup, then spoil your dog with some special dog treats instead:

If you're looking for healthy, natural treats for your dog to enjoy this Thanksgiving, Dough ReMia’s Doggie Dough has exactly what you need. We are totally committed to providing the tastiest, healthiest and freshest dog treats you can find. Nothing but the best to help TREAT your dogs even better!

It’s Thanksgiving after all, so plan ahead to include your dogs in the feast with a special treat they can enjoy that is safe, healthy and delicious & made with premium human-grade ingredients. Our Doggie Dough comes in two varieties: Original, featuring organic roasted sweet potatoes, and Pumpkin (with nut-free options available.) Try adding a pinch of cinnamon or pieces of turkey bacon to the dough for an extra special treat. Either way, they will smell amazing baking in the oven and are the “PAWfect” flavors for this holiday season!

Happy Holidays! XO

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