Give Your Dog Something to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Dog in front dish on table and looking piece chicken

‘Tis the season for giving! As you gather round your Thanksgiving Day feast, don’t forget about you very best friend! If you’re like many people in the US, you consider your dog to be part of the family. We ask that when you slip table scraps under the table to your pup, you remember that not everything at your Thanksgiving meal is good for his tummy. If you’re unsure about what ingredients you should look out for, we’ve included resources to learn more.

So how do you treat your pup to the Thanksgiving meal of his dreams without worrying about tummy troubles? The best, and easiest way to ensure a trouble-free Thanksgiving is to cook a separate meal for your dog. We may love seasonings, but many of our favorite seasonings are toxic dogs. For this reason, you’ll want to keep it plain.

Turkey, sweet potatoes, and green beans are fabulous choices for your pet’s holiday meal. What you’ll want to avoid is adding butter, garlic, onions, and excess fat. Steer clear of any sweet recipe. While the excess sugar may turn your pup’s tummy, popular alternative sweeteners like xylitol are also very toxic.

Though we spend the day indulging in large amounts of food, too much food can have possibly fatal results for a pet. If you decide to create a mini-Thanksgiving plate for your dog, be mindful of the portions and be sure to discourage your guests from slipping table scraps during dinner.

Make sure every member of the family has a Thanksgiving to remember with Thanksgiving treats that keep your pup healthy and happy! If you believe that your dog may have ingested a bone or something toxic, please reach out to your vet or emergency vet as soon as possible.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Ashburn Veterinary Hospital

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