Thanksgiving is coming up quick! Food is a big part of the autumn holiday. Many of you are likely already starting your shopping and preparations! Of course, our canine companions are also very enthusiastic about food. A Lewisville, TX vet lists some of the things Fido may enjoy below.
Most types of meat are fine for Man’s Best Friend. That list includes beef, steak, hamburger, and other red meat. There are a few caveats here, however. Always remove the skin, bones, and fat before giving Fido his main course. Limit your dog’s intake of organ meats, such as liver, as too much can cause Vitamin A toxicity. Fatty meats like bacon and sausage should also be fed only occasionally.
Most types of cooked, boneless fish are safe for Fido. Fish is also high in omega 3 oils, which are great for your pup’s bones, joints, and skin. The thumbs-up list includes salmon, mackerel, haddock, and whitefish, among others. Tuna is also fine. Just give your pooch too much tuna, as it can be high in mercury.
Plain, boneless cooked chicken is also a great option for dogs. Fido can also have duck, quail, or turkey. Poultry can also make a good treat or topper.
Many veggies are just as good for Fido as they are for us. Pumpkin can help keep your pet’s digestive system running smoothly, while carrots and sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients. Many green veggies are also beneficial. That list includes spinach, kale, broccoli, string beans, and peas. Just don’t give your pooch anything topped with a lot of butter or spices.
Fruits can also be beneficial, though of course you don’t want to give your furry buddy too many sugary sweets. Some good options are bananas, apple slices, and blueberries, which are packed with antioxidants.
What else can your pooch have? Natural peanut butter! Fido can also enjoy small amounts of cheese and egg.
We can’t really discuss doggy diets without including unsafe foods. Some of our favorite things are toxic to Fido! That list includes garlic, onions, and scallions; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; chocolate; caffeine; fruits with seeds or pips; macadamia nuts; and alcohol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as is raw dough. Ask your vet for more information.
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