It’s snowy and cold but that’s okay because it is soon going to be Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of our very favorite holidays because it is all about food. Well, maybe not ALL about food, Mom and Dad get together with their human family and talk and laugh but for us, it’s about food.
There is soooo much food and it is one of the few times when we get to eat human foods. BUT not all of the foods that peoples eat at Thanksgiving are good for pets. Some is so bad that it can make dogs and cats died.
The bestest food at Thanksgiving is the turkey and of course the turkey has to be stuffed. Turkey is okay for pets (not too much) but the bones and the skin are really bad! Bones and fatty skin can hurt our tummy. A bone that gets caught in our throat or intestines could mean lots of pain and a trip to the Vet. Fatty stuff like skin and gravy and even the butter in smashed up potatoes can give us a belly ache.
Stuffing is bad because it probably has things like onions, garlic, scallions and some spices like sage, which are all bad for pets.
Lots of peoples like pretty salads like Waldorf salad, ambrosia or fruit salad. They look nice but grapes and raisins are toxic and can make our kidneys fail.
Sweet desserts are always part of Thanksgiving but many sweets are toxic to pets. Chocolate is super bad and the darker the chocolate the badder it is. Pumpkin pie is one of the favorite desserts and although canned pumpkin is really good for dogs, when it is cooked in a pie, it is not so good.
Apples pie is another Thanksgiving dessert. A slice or two of raw apple is a yummy treat but make sure you don’t eat any seeds because apple seeds are bad for dogs.
Alcohol is a BIG NO. Your humans know to keep their wine and beer away from you but what about rum cake or yeast dough.
There are some good Thanksgiving foods we can eat. A little turkey is okay. Sweet potatoes (not canned), carrots and green beans are super good. They have lots of good stuff in them but make sure they don’t have any added sugar, xylitol (fake sweetener), nuts or marshmallows mixed in.
I'm getting really hungry just thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe I’ll check out the kitchen and see if I can get Dad to give us a snack.
Happy Thanksgiving All!
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