Thanksgiving is the biggest meal of the year for many people. The holiday not only fills up your family and loved ones, but also your pets that scavenge the area around the feast for crumbs and sympathetic under-the-table feeders. As a pet owner, it is important to know what your pet can and cannot consume. So we are here to help! Many of the healthy foods you eat on Thanksgiving are the same ingredients we use in our formulas!
- Turkey: Turkey is the main event of the meal on Thanksgiving. Opinions differ on whether raw or cooked meat is better for pets, so consult your veterinarian if you don’t feel sure. Either way, feed your pet lean, white meat instead of the fattier dark meat, and try not to go overboard.
- Cranberries: Cranberries are great for both cats and dogs. Not only are they full of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, but they’re well-known for helping maintain healthy urinary tracts. On Thanksgiving, if you’re making cranberry sauce from scratch with fresh fruit, feel free to share. Canned cranberry sauce and jellied cranberry sauce, on the other hand, are full of sugar and should not be given to pets.
- Carrots: Full of vitamins, fiber and potassium, fresh, raw carrots a great sweet treat for dogs. Drop a few carrots your dog’s way before you cook them or add a bunch of salt and fat. Cats can also enjoy the benefits of carrots, but cook them first for your feline. Raw carrots may be hard for some cats to digest.
- Green beans: The perfect anytime snack for dogs! These nutritional powerhouses are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, and they’re also low in calories, so even if your dog is on a diet, you won’t have to feel guilty about slipping him some string beans on Thanksgiving. But we are talking fresh green beans, not green bean casserole!
- Sweet Potato: Full of fiber, vitamins, carotenoids, sweet potatoes rank low on the glycemic index which means they won’t spike your dog’s blood sugar. If you want to share sweet potatoes with your dog, set some aside without any salt or butter on it.
- Pumpkin: What’s Thanksgiving without a little pumpkin! Pumpkin is good for dogs to eat not only because it’s low in calories and bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber, but also because it helps with a dog’s digestion. However, leave the canned pumpkin for the humans. The processed stuff isn’t good for your pets!
Remember, it’s okay to give your pet safe table food every now and then, but always remember moderation is key. And if you are unsure of what is a safe food for your pet, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your pet from Precise!