Holidays in our house are important and we NEVER forget our sweet doggie! Because we know that all people want to spend a great time with their pets too, we have a list of yummy food items that we have found to be “fur baby friendly and approved” with a huge high PAW!

As always, with anything you may not be sure of, consult your pet’s vet, before adding to their diet!

Things you can include on your doggy’s or kitty’s plate:

Turkey breast (shredded) – PROTEIN PROTEIN PROTEIN! Select turkey from the middle of the breast because it is least likely to have absorbed the fatty, salty brine and leave the skin off. The high-fat content and salt in the skin can make your dog and cat sick.

Fun at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table
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Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and fiber. Mash up some of the boiled sweet potatoes before any butter or spices are added. Fur babies love the flavor and heartiness of the potato.

Gravy (dog only)– Just because you can’t use the gravy from the table doesn’t mean your fur baby (DOG only) has to go without this delicious condiment. You can make a dog-friendly gravy using canned dog food or purchase a pre-made gravy made for dogs.

Carrots – Carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and vitamin A. They are also high in sugar though so you may want to skip them if your dog or cat is diabetic. Steam or boil them and place a couple of unseasoned ones on the plate.

Green Beans – Green beans are filling and low in calories. Make sure you use fresh or frozen green beans with no seasoning.

Cranberries – Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and can add a fun burst of flavor to your pet’s plate. Not all animals like cranberries though so I would try adding just a few as a desert or topping.

Apple slices – Apples are a sweet treat for your pup and the kitties love them too! Save a few slices if you make apple pie and chop them up or mash them for your fur baby. Just make sure you have removed the seeds and skin.

Pumpkin – Pumpkin is a dog and cat super-food. It can help regulate their digestive tract. That’s probably helpful after a Thanksgiving meal containing foods they don’t eat regularly. Whether the pumpkin is steamed, baked, or canned make sure that nothing has been added to it.

And remember, there are several common foods that are harmful to dogs and cats. The ones that usually find their way to the Thanksgiving dinner table are:

  • Onions and garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Raisins
  • Cooked bones
  • Heavy fats like butter and turkey skin
  • Alcohol
  • Nutmeg
  • Chocolate

For Cats to also avoid:

  • Alliums
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours,

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