Thanksgiving Food Dos and Don’ts for Dogs

Thanksgiving with all that delicious and rich food is just behind the corner. Every year many dog parents ask the same question - is it safe to share some of the Thanksgiving foods with my dog? Certain Thanksgiving foods are safe and even healthy for dogs! However, all the food should be served moderately and in unseasoned form. Turkey meat should always be properly cooked to avoid salmonella and digestive problems. 

Healthy Thanksgiving dinner ideas for dogs

  • Mashed sweet potatoes, turkey breast, oatmeal, olive oil, and cranberry sauce 
  • Plain cooked pumpkin with cooked turkey breast
  • Cooked carrots, green beans, turkey breast
  • Brown rice, olive oil, turkey, carrots

    Always remember to avoid any seasoning and turkey breast serve without skin. You can add a tablespoon of olive oil.

    Safety tips

    Keep an eye on your pup

    If you spot any of the following signs, immediately take your pup to the veterinarian: 

    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Lethargy
    • Loss of appetite
    • Problems with breathing
    • Fever
    • Pain

      Clean up the table after eating

      Make sure your dog can’t access leftovers or garbage. Do not leave leftovers on the table. Turkey bones are hazardous to your pets, as well as plastic foils, aluminum, or decorations. 

      Stroll together

      Taking your dog for a long walk after Thanksgiving dinner helps you to digest and burn those extra calories. It’s good for you and your dog. Dogs make the perfect workout partners and are always happy if you put on your sneakers. However, be careful not to walk your dog right after the meal. Wait at least an hour after they ate to avoid bloat. Bloat, also known as GDV, is a life-threatening digestive problem that is most common in larger breeds. The stomach blows up like a balloon and obstructs blood flow. 

      Dogs have become such a big part of our lives. They are one of the treasures of our lives for which we are thankful. Naturally, we want them to be a part of Thanksgiving celebrations. With a little preparation, you can avoid all the risks and enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your dog. 

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      Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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