We’re in the heart of the holiday season, and that means more dinners and meals with the ones we love, including our pups! While you’re chowing down, your pooch may give you third-degree puppy-dog eyes, so it’s good to know what holiday foods are canine-friendly and what keep away from them. You should check with your veterinarian about what foods are okay for your specific dog, but here are some suggestions on pet-friendly holiday grub.
Keep It Low Fat
Keep rich foods or ones high in fat away from your pup. This includes gravy, sausages, or anything very buttery. High-fat foods can upset your dog’s digestion and take the fun out of the holiday.
They’re Good with Mash
Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes are ok as long as you keep them plain! Don’t give your dog seasoned mashed potatoes, and keep out the cream and butter. Set aside some dog-friendly plain, cooked white or sweet potatoes before you give your own spuds the treatment.
A Little Turkey is Fine
The more you keep turkey simple, the better! It’s important to remove any fatty parts including the skin– anything too fatty can be very hard for your pup to digest. Double check for bones since they can splinter and cause problems for your dog.
Say No to Onions or Garlic!
This is very important. Onions and garlic can be very poisonous for your dog. If any of your holiday dishes contain a large amount of them, do not feed them to your pooch.
Green Light on Green Beans
Green beans are safe for your dog as long as they are plain without any flavoring. Sorry, grean bean casserole is a definite no-no for your pup.
Pumpkin is Perfecto
As long as you’re not giving your dog pumpkin pie, some pureed pumpkin can be a great treat for them. Pumpkin is also loaded with vitamins that are great for their skin and coat.
Apples are A-Ok
Just like above, keep the pies away from your pooch, but some plain apple slices are perfect for your dog. Apples provide vitamins A and C to canines and contain lots of fiber. Make sure to take out the core before feeding any apples to your dog.