WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wed Thanksgiving Just around the corner, you might be wondering what litter is safe to give to your pup.
“Thanksgiving typically coincides with a surge in vet visits as dogs are fed unsafe human food,” explains the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The AKC, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and several veterinarians including Dr. Gary Richter, author of The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, Dr. Gary Richter, MS, DVM, Texas Small Animal and Exotics Vet Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM and Chief Veterinary Officer of the American Kennel Club, emergency and critical care veterinarian and a valued member of the Chicago veterinary community for over 35 years, Dr. Jerry Klein, share articles that are safe and unsafe for your pet this holiday season.
Safe and Healthy Foods to Feed Your Dog(s) for Thanksgiving:
- sweet potatoes
- “Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta-carotene,” says Dr. Judge. “Sweet potato treats can be as simple as a dehydrated yam chew.” Just remember not to give your pet yams with added ingredients.
- “apples are full of vitamins A and C and are high in fiber, making them a healthy Thanksgiving treat for your pet,” says Dr. Judge. “However, if you’re sharing an apple with your pooch, be sure to cut around the core, as large amounts of apple cores can be toxic.”
- Turkey meat (boneless or skinless)
- For those wondering if dogs can eat turkey on Thanksgiving, the answer is yes. The main course is fine “as long as it’s not seasoned,” says Dr. Ochoa. In addition to avoiding bones as described above, Dr. Small to the owners, even to abandon the feeding of the skin. The poultry’s outer layer was likely prepared with butter, spices, or other fatty ingredients that may cause it pancreatitis or other problems for your dog.
- Green beans
- “With plenty of plant fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, plain green beans are great for dogs,” says Dr. Judge. The key here, as with turkey, sweet potatoes, and other options mentioned in this list, is that the bean dish should be simple — with no added ingredients like butter or spices.
- Unadorned Peas are a good choice, but creamed peas should be avoided. Fattier foods like pea cream can upset your dog’s stomach.
- Dessert is an option, but not just any kind. Go ahead and satisfy your pet’s sweet tooth with something healthy like frozen yogurt (free of artificial sweeteners such as yogurt). xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs), suggests Dr. judge before. Calcium, protein and live bacteria, which can act as probiotics, give your dog a tasty dose of nutrients and a sweet post-meal treat.
Unsafe and Unhealthy Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog(s) on Thanksgiving:
The AKC also wants to remind dog and pet owners to keep trash cans out of reach, as the scents of the meal of the day can be tempting to furry friends.
If your dog gets into something he shouldn’t have, the AKC says to seek help immediately. You can call them Pet Poison Control Center at 855-764-7661 ($75 fee) or at a local veterinarian who offers after-hours services.