A feast fit for Fido.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and appreciate those you care most about—and of course, that includes your pets. So, why leave Fido sitting on the sidelines? Here are some Turkey Day staples your pet can indulge in, too:
Gobble-gobble-gobble! Thanksgiving dinner’s showstopper makes a great treat for your dog, especially if he’s already eating a turkey diet like Sojos Complete Turkey. Turkey’s not only lean and packed with protein, it’s a snack your dog will surely thank you for! Just be sure to feed it plain—skin, gravy and other rubs, toppers or coatings can agitate his stomach. And avoid bones! Cooked bones can splinter and lead to a host of potentially dangerous gut issues.
Cranberry sauce is a sweet Thanksgiving staple. If you’re making yours from scratch, sneak your pooch a few whole cranberries before you add the sauce. Not only will the berries satisfy your dog’s natural sweet tooth (yep, that’s right, dogs love sweet treats too), they pack a nutritional punch. They’re full of antioxidants and support healthy kidney function.
Mashing potatoes takes some elbow grease, and while your four-legged friend may not appreciate the time you put into them, he’ll surely enjoy the taste. Yep, potatoes are A-OK for Fido, just try to avoid the butter, sour cream or other dairy toppers that could upset his tummy.
Sweet potatoes are great for your furry friend—there's a reason we include them in most of our recipes! They’re packed with fiber, easy to digest, AND can even help him fight heart disease and cancer. So feel free to pass the yams and sweet potatoes—just steer clear of gooey marshmallows or other sugary toppings.
Steamed green beans, another Thanksgiving favorite, are just as healthy for your pup as they are for you. But like all other dishes, serve them to your furry friend plain and save the butter and other garnishes for your two-legged members of the family.
Pumpkin pie is the perfect way to top off your feast, especially with plenty of fresh whipped cream. But while it’s tempting to treat your pet to a bite, it’s far better to let him taste-test the pumpkin on it’s own. All that sugar, butter, and whipped cream will taste great—but for your dog, it’s a short-cut to a sore tummy. Plain pumpkin, on the other hand, is packed with disease-fighting nutrients, can help keep diabetes symptoms at bay and can help with healthy digestion.
As with all ‘table scraps,’ moderation is key. Even though it’s a tradition to stuff ourselves until our buttons pop, it’s good to remember that your dog (and his tummy) will thank you for exercising a little restraint!