Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We think dogs should rank pretty high on the list of things to be thankful for. Fido would likely say the same about us! Your canine pal definitely deserves a special treat on this special day. Just stick to things that are safe. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair animal clinic, a local vet lists some do’s and don’ts for giving Fido holiday treats.

People Foods

Fido will certainly appreciate having a plate of his own. In fact, plain, cooked turkey is a great option for our canine buddies. Just remove the skin, bones, and fat first. Your pooch can also have some side dishes, such as sweet potato, string beans, carrots, and even pumpkin. Deli meats are also fine, as are most types of meat, fish, and poultry. However, don’t give him anything that is drowned in butter, or seasoned with things like garlic or onion. You’ll also want to limit organ meats, like liver and kidney: these are fine on occasion, but shouldn’t be offered too often. Ask your vet for more information.

Unsafe Options

Speaking of garlic and onion, they’re both pretty high on the list of things you should never give your pooch. Their cousins, scallions and chives are also unsafe. Other dangerous foods include grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; nuts; mushrooms; pitted fruits, especially avocado; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything that contains xylitol. Keep in mind that not everyone knows what is and is not safe for dogs. Ask guests not to feed Fido anything without asking permission.

Homemade Snacks

If you enjoy cooking, why not make Fido’s treats? There are tons of great recipes online. You’ll want to start with a good base. You can mix and match from the following list of items: pureed squash or pumpkin, cooked sweet potato, organic baby food, natural peanut butter, sodium-free broth, ripe bananas, minced, shredded, or pureed meat, wheat-germ or olive oil, eggs, liver powder, kibble, or whole-wheat flour. Add things like cheese, bacon bits, and safe fruits and veggies for extra tail wags. Divide into small portions, and bake. Start with a cook time of 20 minutes at 350F, and adjust as needed.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair animal clinic. Please contact us anytime!