It’s almost turkey day, and with that comes all of the delicious feast preparations in celebration of the beloved Thanksgiving tradition. As you plan your menu this year, though, don’t forget to give thanks to your four-legged companions too by creating a special little menu just for them.
It can be all too tempting to feed pets some delicious delights straight from the table, but as conscientiousness pet owners, we also have to be educated on what our pets can and can’t have to protect their health and overall well-being. So, what exactly can you share with your pet from your Thanksgiving feast?
Let’s take a look at an entirely seasoning-free, pet-friendly menu:
- Unseasoned Turkey – Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without the traditional turkey. It’s the main course dish everyone looks forward to – even your pet – and while cooked turkey is safe for pets, make sure that it’s unseasoned. Many seasonings can cause stomach and digestive issues among other complications. You also want to make sure that any turkey you give your pet is off the bone. A turkey’s tiny bones are choking hazards that can splinter and wreak all sorts of havoc on your pet’s GI system.
- Raw Green Beans – Whether you cook them in a seasonal casserole or simply steam them, green beans are a Thanksgiving staple. They are a vegetable you can share with your pup, as they’re a great source of vitamins C and K and are high in fiber. To add these green veggies to your pet’s dinner menu, simply serve them up raw and season-free.
- Raw Carrots – Carrots are another pet-friendly ‘side dish’ you can share. These are also packed with vitamins and fiber as well as antioxidants. Plus, your little buddy will love the satisfaction of the crisp, crunchiness. Just make sure to serve them season-free and raw.
- Raw & Dried Sweet Potatoes – This traditional food isn’t just delicious; it’s also a superfood packed with vitamins and nutrients. While you can’t share the baked, marshmallow-covered dish that we humans desire, you can share dried and raw pieces with your dog. Again, only give them unseasoned pieces and not the kind you get out of a can!
- Raw Apples – Finally, round out your pet’s Thanksgiving menu with some nice apple pieces for dessert. Dogs love this crisp treat, and for an added surprise, you can freeze a few pieces in plain yogurt for them to enjoy longer.
This Thanksgiving, don’t leave your pet out of the festivities. They too can enjoy their own little feast while you laugh and dine with loved ones at the table. Just remember to serve controlled portions when prepping your pet’s menu. Too much of anything is never a good thing, and you don’t want your pet to end up with a stomach ache because they indulged a little too much. So, keep it simple, seasoning-free (only plain turkey and raw fruits and veggies), and properly portioned to your pet’s specific dietary needs. Bon appétit!