Friday, November 12, 2010

Thanksgiving is around the corner…What does that mean for your pup?

My dogs love it when I cook. They are always expecting a treat. But is it really good for them? One year I gave Cody a piece of turkey skin and the results were not good. I don’t do that anymore. So here are some tips and recipe links for the pups for Thanksgiving dinner.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make, especially during holidays, is to "treat" their dogs to foods they aren't used to eating - foods smothered in rich gravies, sugars, salt, etc... . It may seem fun going in, but such a heavy diet, even for just a night, can wreak havoc coming out. If you want your dog to able to enjoy a true Thanksgiving meal, yet still keep it healthy, read through the suggestions listed below that have worked for us through the years.

· Don't feed the dog turkey skin. As tempting as it is, the skin is not only high in fat and hard to digest, but also holds any marinade, butter and oils, or spices used in baking, which can cause stomach upset. Instead, peel the skin off a big slice of turkey (white meat is the most bland and usually the best tolerated), then cut into appropriate-sized pieces.

· As you prepare side dishes, set aside some of the good stuff before adding all of the cream, salt, butter, wine, etc... . A scoop of plain mashed sweet potatoes, a cup of cooked carrots, broccoli or green beans, even a small biscuit without butter or some dressing without gravy will be a treasure for your dog, and is good for them in addition!

· A good substitute for gravy for your dog is a little turkey broth. If you cook the giblets in water for stock, save a little to help moisten meat before you turn it into gravy. Or buy it canned! · If your dog normally eats only "dog food" (i.e. kibble), don't offer up a big plate full of turkey, veggies and potatoes all at once. This can stress his system. Instead, try adding a slice of turkey and a few veggies to his kibble. Save some veggies for "treats" throughout the evening.

· If your dog is going to be planted under the table during dinner, denying him those irresistible flavors and sweet temptations may seem impossible, especially if your guests "mean well", but can't say no to that cute furry face! One way to help the off-limit food stay that way is to place a few "treat cups" around the table. Fill these with small pieces of plain sliced turkey, cooked veggies, pieces of bread - anything sensible. Guests will still get a kick out of feeding the dog, but it will be much healthier than what is on most people's plates. And once the bowls are empty, that's it!

If your dog is used to a homemade diet, have fun and be creative as you indulge him in his Thanksgiving feast. Oh, and for dessert? Instead of apple pie a la mode, how about some sliced apples with a "scoop" of mashed potatoes, and maybe some applesauce on top? Pumpkin is also very good for a dog's diet, but make sure it's real pumpkin, and not the filling that is loaded with sugar and fat. Thanksgiving dinner should be fun and fulfilling - a special treat on a special day. By carefully preparing your dog's meal, the holiday can be enjoyable for every member of the family, even the furry ones! There are several recipes for the dog on too. For more tips and recipes, check out the following:



Art and Sew Forth said...

Sounds like good advice that humans would do well to follow too!

Giupetto and Gianna Tails said...

Great advice! I love the idea of the treat cups all around too. Yes they would work great.
My dogs have their food down all the time, but they will actually wait for us to eat dinner, to see what they might get and they will go to their dog food as a last resort. I know, I shouldn't feed them table scraps, but I do try a select what to give and not give, and like you said it is fun.
Thanks for the post.

makingstuffwithlove said...

Excellent post! It does sound like good advice for people too lol I will keep this in mind for all the upcoming holidays :)