Holiday overeating is a real thing. It affects not only us humans but also our beloved dogs. no wonder there is a rise in vet and hospital visits during the holiday season. Since the big day is almost upon us, we’ve compiled a list of what NOT to give your dogs on Thanksgiving [that falls on November 25 this year].
To those who are wondering how Thanksgiving is even relevant outside of the US? Well, I must say that more and more people in the UAE and elsewhere now celebrate the occasion. Browse through some online grocers and you will know the rising demand for turkey.
On that note, here’s a list of what NOT to give your dogs on Thanksgiving. A list that we have curated based on recommendations by the American Kennel Club.
Don’t give these foods to your dog
NO turkey bones, skin, gravy or stuffing please!!! There is a real danger of bones getting lodged and causing obstruction in your dog’s stomach and intestines.
Don’t even think of offering fatty or spice laden foods off your plate to your dog. You will be doing them a favour by ignoring those begging eyes.
The same goes for chocolates, raisins and grapes. These are not good for your dogs so always be careful to not drop it even by accident.
Consider giving these instead
Turkey meat without any seasoning is good for dogs. In fact, Mr. Popo who has an incredibly weak stomach eats turkey and veggie based raw food every day. So, feel free to give some boiled turkey meat to your pooches.
Sweet potatoes without any added ingredients are good treats too to make the puppers feel part of the dining extravaganza. A serving of boiled potato without salt, pepper, butter, garlic and cream can be given to the fellas too.
You can also give your beloved canines some pumpkin treats, which is a natural digestive agent.
Keep the trash bins out of sight
Now that you know what NOT to give your dogs on Thanksgiving, keep the trash bins out of their sight too. Otherwise, you may run the risk of finding a guilty dog who has ransacked the trash bin and feasted on discarded food. And that’s a real danger.
We wish you a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
(I thank every day for my boss-dog Mr. Popo who keeps me sane and on toes…phew).
Note: This article is meant for information and awareness and should not be considered as medical opinion.