Gratitude. Appreciation. Giving thanks. These are all different words one chooses to describe the wholesome feeling of Thanksgiving. Being around your family, friends, and loved ones makes you realize that there is a lot to be thankful for, especially your four-legged friends.

Dogs are extremely friendly and love to be around people. Family get togethers during Thanksgiving make the holiday season one of their favorite times of the year. When it comes to the delicious spread of Thanksgiving, why should humans have all the fun? There are many dishes that you can share with your dog, including them in all facets of the holiday fun!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Humans are not the only ones who love potatoes in any form. This seasonal food is a hit with dogs too. Served ungarnished, sweet potatoes are totally dog approved. They are packed with many much-needed nutrients such as beta-carotene, potassium, fiber, as well as vitamins A and C. You must take note not to feed your dog the canned mix, marshmallows, or sweet potatoes covered in spice. They can easily upset your dog’s stomach.

Turkey Meat – According to the American Kennel Club and WebMD, dogs can enjoy the Thanksgiving main course under some conditions. Plain, boneless, and well-cooked meat can be enjoyed by your dog. However, turkey bones and skin is off-limits. The bones can cause intestinal obstruction, while the rich flavor of the turkey skin can upset your dog’s stomach.

Green Beans – A staple in some families, green beans too, are dog approved. You can feed some to your dog before adding any seasoning. Raw green beans are high in fiber and are an excellent source for vitamins C and K. Avoid mushrooms, onions, and seasoning.

Carrots – Raw carrots are the best way to satisfy your dog’s crunchy-food cravings. Just like sweet potatoes, carrots too, are loaded with beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins. Being high in antioxidants, carrots are beneficial for dogs suffering from cancer. You can also feed your dogs cooked carrots, provided they are unseasoned.

Pumpkin – Pumpkins are fully dog-approved, be it raw or cooked. Always feed your dog fresh, pure pumpkin, not canned pie filling. Pumpkins are full of fiber. However, you must avoid any sugar or spice.

Apple – Apple pie is a staple in almost all American Thanksgiving casseroles. You can give your dog some slices before adding the sweet pie filling. You can also freeze cubed apples with plain yogurt for an easy dog treat.

While many staples of Thanksgiving are dog-friendly, few things are completely off-limits. Ham, stuffing, salty snacks, chocolates, and raw dough should be kept away from your dogs. Many artificial sweeteners have toxic ingredients and can cause harm to your dog. Another tip to ensure a happy Thanksgiving is to use pet-proof decorations and avoid any small pieces that can easily be swallowed.

It is wonderful to share all aspects of Thanksgiving with your dog. They shower us with unconditional love throughout the year, and it only seems fair on our part to treat them with amazing Thanksgiving dishes. Dog Day Afternoon is the perfect place for your dog to get holiday-ready with our grooming services. We are always there to consult you about any doubts that you may have regarding your dog.