Safe Thanksgiving Treats For Your Dog

Safe Thanksgiving Treats For Your Dog
 

Here is my quirky little stinker, Lucy. The hubby and I adopted her early this year at the Seattle Humane Society, and couldn't be happier to have this addition to our family. It was love at first sight when I was walking down the hall of dogs (which is honestly really overwhelming) and saw her little head pop up and lock eyes with me. She was the only dog that wasn't barking and was more curious than anything else. In the car ride home, my heart melted when she instantly curled up to me and fell asleep. I was so happy that she felt safe in my arms. Instant love.

During the holiday festivities, there's usually so much food around, it's hard not to give your little fur ball a nibble of what you're eating. That's why it's a good idea to take a little time to know what is safe for our pups to eat. Plus they'll thank you for it because they love a variety in food just as much as we do. The list below are a few things that are yummy treats for dogs, and more importantly, safe for them too. Always check with your vet first if you're unsure of what your dog should have.

Carrots

Larger pieces occupy your dog for a bit while you're trying to get things done around the house. It's also great for their teeth.

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Peanut Butter

Pretty hilarious to give to dogs ... and here's a video to prove it. Make sure that the peanut butter is unsalted.

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Butternut Squash

These are great during fall since you can get it pretty cheap. Sometimes raw foods are hard for our pup's tummies to digest, so steaming this a little firmer than fork tender is good to do. Make sure not to season it and let the squash get to room temperature after it's cooked.

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Rice

This can be the perfect remedy when your dog is having an upset stomach. We have so much dang rice in our home, that I usually add a spoonful to Lucy's food once a week or so.

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Apples

Give a few chunks of apple to dogs with bad breath. Believe me. It helps! I usually slice them either in bite sizes or longer pieces so that Lucy will have something to gnaw on.

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Green Beans

Both fresh and canned green beans will do fine, just make sure that the canned stuff isn't salted. This is a great treat for pups that need more low calorie options.

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It's just as important to know what your dog can't eat, as well as what they like to eat. Here's a good list on foods that are dangerous and should always be avoided. This will help you tell Uncle Bernie the reason why they shouldn't give fluffy any stuffing.

From our home to yours, we wish you a very happy, wonderful and loving Thanksgiving. Please excuse Lucy while she takes her treat to the other room to enjoy it!