Does your dog give you those puppy dog eyes when you’re in the kitchen cooking up a holiday meal? Are you cooking safe foods for dogs so your dog can join in on the yummy fun too? My dog is good for giving the puppy dog eyes whenever he smells something tasty in the kitchen. If I’m cooking or opening up some food, you best believe he’s on my heels and sitting at attention practically begging me to please let him have a taste. I always make sure to check what safe foods for dogs I have available before I just toss him something to chomp on.
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What Can Dogs Eat During the Holidays?
Did you know that dogs can eat turkey, chicken, or pumpkin? These are all safe foods for dogs to have during the holidays. Purina Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD says it’s totally fine to give your dog a piece of chicken or turkey or even a spoonful of canned natural pumpkin but in moderation of course.
Make sure to avoid these items if they have a lot of seasonings or spices. For example, it’s important that the turkey or chicken doesn’t have any salts or seasonings on it.
My dog Simba enjoys a few pieces of cut-up chicken breast on top of his dry food. It’s definitely a nice holiday dog meal for him. He also loves some wet food mixed with his dry food which makes it more interesting and more like a fancy meal. To find out more holiday human foods dogs can have click HERE.
Holiday Foods for Dogs to Avoid
Sure, you can give your dog turkey or chicken, but make sure there are no bones in it! Bones can cause some real harm to your dog and you don’t want that. Bones can cause your dog to choke! So just say no to giving your dog a ham bone to gnaw on. Cooked bones are a no-no.
Any foods with salts or seasonings are foods for dogs to avoid. Dogs shouldn’t eat foods that are high in sodium because this can be really bad for pets that have existing heart or kidney conditions. Put some unseasoned turkey or chicken to the side for your dog that is just for him.
Holiday baking is always fun, but please don’t toss your dog a homemade sugary holiday cookie. Feeding your dog table scraps can cause health complications like digestive issues now or possible weight gain and joint problems later in life. It’s best to feed your dog treats that are made just for them but remember to feed him treats in moderation.
Overdoing the dog treats can be bad too. According to Purina Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kurt Venator, dog treats should only make up only 10 percent of your dog’s daily caloric intake. There are several other foods for dogs to avoid that you should know about so click HERE to read all about them and safe foods for dogs that you can actually give him. Do you feed your dog human foods that dogs can eat? If not, what would you let your dog try from the Holiday Human Foods Dogs Can & Can’t Eat blog post on the Purina website? Have a happy and safe holiday with your dog!