What Are Safe Holiday Foods to Share With Your Dogs?
As the holidays approach, a lot of pet owners are breaking out their cookbooks. You can safely share many traditional autumn foods with your furry friend.
Top Dog-Safe Holiday Foods
Are you ready to vary your dog's diet and share some fall favorites? Start with this list:
- Pumpkin: Use plain, unsweetened pumpkin puree and not the sweetened kind. Yes, it turns out that your dog can even hop on the pumpkin spice craze! Add a drop of honey and a shake of cinnamon.
- Turkey: The bones can pose a choking hazard, so only offer your pet deboned turkey meat. Also, your pets can't handle onions or garlic, so preparing their portion without seasonings is a must.
- Apples: Decore the apple and remove the seeds. Otherwise, most dogs relish a bite of apple, and you can appreciate the fiber and vitamins they can add to a healthy diet.
- Carrots: Not only do carrots provide vitamins, but chewing on these veggies can also help support your pet's healthy teeth. Many dog treats include carrots for a bit of subtle, natural sweetness.
- Sweet potato: Sweet potatoes offer a rich mix of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with a texture similar to pumpkin.
- Peanut butter: Make sure commercial peanut butter doesn't include a common artificial sweetener called xylitol in the ingredient list.
Commercial dog chow should meet your dog's basic nutritional needs. Also, even though most dogs can safely tolerate the food listed above, you must avoid offering your pet several other common foods often served to people at this time of year.
Examples of foods that dogs should never eat include garlic, onions, asparagus, mushrooms, chocolate, and tomatoes. For instance, you don't want to give your dog turkey you've heavily seasoned with mushroom and onion stuffing.
Offer Your Pets Healthy Treats They'll Love
Most pet owners enjoy sharing table food with their pets at times. You can share without spoiling a healthy diet as long as you remember to only offer safe food and limit treats. Our Multi-Plus Chews give you a way to provide your pet with the enhanced nutrition that either table food or a typical dog chow might lack. Even better, dogs relish these chicken-flavored treats.