Treats You Can Share With Your
Pets at Thanksgiving
Are you intending to spice up your pet’s life at Thanksgiving? It is a time for sumptuous feasts and good food. It’s not just humans that enjoy the holiday feast and overeat on these occasions. Pets also don’t want to be left out from the Thanksgiving dinner.
Choosing healthy treats for your pet at Thanksgiving is not always easy. There are plenty of options out there and one tends to get confused easily.
So, how do you know which treats are suitable for your four-legged friend? Below are some safe and satisfying treats you can share with your pets at Thanksgiving:
Turkey is usually among the main serving in any Thanksgiving party and it is something that your pet can enjoy with you as well. If your pet doesn’t have food allergies, it is perfectly safe to feed him turkey breast.
It is ideal to avoid giving turkey skin to your pet as it contains a lot of spices. Do not give your four-legged pal the leftover turkey bones as treats as they may cause serious obstructions in his throat or lead to gastrointestinal upset. More importantly, keep that string that is wrapped around the turkey out of reach of your pet as it may cause a life-threatening foreign body obstruction if digested.
Most vegetables are a great treat for pets at Thanksgiving and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Unseasoned and raw vegetables like Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, Broccoli, or Cauliflower are low in calories and serve as a good source of vitamins. They are high fiber treat for your furry friends and make them feel satisfied and full.
Onion and garlic are toxic for pets and may lead to GI irritation and may potentially cause anemia. You must ensure that the veggies that you feed your pets do not include onion and garlic.
Surprisingly, plain pumpkin is not just delicious, it has many health benefits for pets. It is good for dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems and soothes a troubled tummy with both diarrhea and constipation.
Pumpkin treats can be given in the form of plain canned, pureed pumpkin or fresh, cooked pumpkin. It is full of fiber and is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin E, iron, and potassium.
You can find this delicious treat in our healthy pet treats as well.
A very small amount of cheese is fine for your pets. Many dogs and cats are often allergic and intolerant of lactose, so you should be careful while giving this to pets.
Cheese contains protein, calcium, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and B-complex vitamins.
Most of the Fruits
Just like humans, pets also have plenty of room for snacks and desserts. Fruits are a wonderful treat for both dogs and cats.
Your pets can happily eat blueberries, watermelon, peaches, apples, bananas, and strawberries. Remember to give these fruits in a moderate amount as an excess of fruits can give your pets an upset stomach.
Dogs and cats enjoy treats made primarily from meat. Salmon can safely be shared with your pets as a healthy treat.
Treats that should be avoided at Thanksgiving
Treats that are not safe for your pets at Thanksgiving include:
- Desserts like chocolate, cake, cookies, and pies
- Nuts especially walnuts
- Beer, wine, or anything that includes alcohol
- Bones that are likely to splinter
- Turkey skin
- Onion and garlic
- Some herbs and spices
By now, you must have a good idea of what treats you can share with your pets at Thanksgiving. Keep in mind, treats should be given to your pets in moderation. Excess amounts may result in stomach upset or allergies.
What healthy treats do your four-legged friend enjoy the most at Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments. We would be happy to hear from you!