We’re sitting at the table, enjoying time with family and friends, and then we feel something at our side. We look down and there they are. Those sweet, curious, hopeful little puppy dog eyes are staring up at us. Or we feel a familiar nudge from a purring kitty at our ankles. It can be tough to say no. If we don’t give them a treat, someone else at the table might slip them a little after dinner scrap. Luckily, there are some Thanksgiving feast staples that are OK for our pets to sample. All things in moderation, but our pets don’t need to be left out of the feast festivities.
Keep it to a minimum, but a little bread is Ok for dogs and cats as far as Thanksgiving feast staples go. Those dinner rolls are fairly low-calorie and filling. As long as your pup or kitty isn’t gluten-free, he or she will be fine. Stay away from unbaked dough. Just like humans, uncooked bread dough can be dangerous. And we need to stay away from the bread if our pet has diabetes.
One of the most common appetizers is crackers and cheese. And there are plenty of other dishes with cheese accouterments. As a rule, both dogs and cats are lactose intolerant. However, a small amount of cheese as an occasional treat is just fine.
For those who add ingredients to their cranberry sauce, think twice about pet safety. But for those who pop it straight from the can to the table, cranberry sauce is just fine. There are few Thanksgiving feast staples as safe as cranberry sauce. We just need to make sure the sugar level is minimal. And only a small helping on our pet’s Thanksgiving plate will go a long way.
Thanksgiving feast staples often include steamed green beans or a green bean casserole of some kind. As long as they don’t have garlic or other vegetables that are poisonous for dogs, green beans are on the “yes!” list to our pets.
Many vegetables are great for pets, and many aren’t. Potatoes, as long as they are cooked, are great for dogs and cats. Be aware of other ingredients that are often added. If there are onions or garlic in the mashed potatoes, our pets can touch it because those veggies are poisonous to cats and dogs.
Oh, yes. Pumpkin is like a pet miracle food. We’re not talking about sugar-added pumpkin pie. Just the fruit or pure pumpkin puree, straight out of the can. It can help regulate their digestive system and has essential vitamins. Just a tablespoon will do it.
This is a tough one. Stuffing has meat flavor, breadcrumbs, some fat drippings, and a ton of flavor. But sometimes stuffing also has onion, raisins, currants, and other items that are poisonous for dogs and cats. If the ingredients are safe, then passing a snack to them or placing a serving on their little Thanksgiving plate, is perfectly safe. If there will be added ingredients that aren’t safe, consider setting aside some stuffing that doesn’t have all the bad stuff and baking it in the oven, separate from the fancy stuffing. A little dish of stuffing cooked just for our pets doesn’t make us overly doting, does it?
Big, fat yes. Thanksgiving feast staples may include a ham or salmon, both of which are also safe for our pets in very small amounts, but for those of us who plan on turkey, a small slice of turkey breast is deliciously safe. Avoid turkey pieces with trimming, skin, or gravy. This can be overstimulating and cause diarrhea or worse. It’s important we don’t forget that while Thanksgiving feast staples are a wonderful thing for humans, they aren’t always safe for our pets. And if we go overboard, even with the safe foods, we can cause an upset stomach for our canines or kittens. They should have EcoDigestive probiotic and enzyme support formula sprinkled on every meal. This meal is no different. It’s an important supplement for dogs and cats that can ensure minimal digestive dysfunction.
Michelle is a writer and ghostwriter, specializing in wellness, sustainability, and global social change. She is particularly fond of serving ethical organizations who contribute to a better life for people and animals through humane and environmentally responsible missions. At Vet Organics, Michelle uses her time as a vet tech, her academic studies in animal science and behavior, and nearly a decade working on a ranch teaching animal husbandry to write on a variety of cat and canine health topics. When she isn't writing, Michelle can be found hiking in the mountains of Colorado with her dogs or snuggled up with a good book and her cats.
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