I think we’d all agree Thanksgiving is a chaotic and the day has a way of getting away from us. The atmosphere in the kitchen is usually hectic and frantic. The family cooks are busy timing the simultaneous dishes that have been baking and simmering all day long.
You’re socializing with friends, family and out of town relatives and before you know it, it’s time to clean up for dinner. Or as I prefer, time to slap on some stretchy pants, eat like a king, and then blissfully pass out in a pile of drool.
Amidst the madness, it’s easy to forget who’s watching our dogs or what they’ll be fed. Most of us are too caught up in the holiday scramble and crazy, binge-eating Thanksgiving cycle.
Next thing you know your hungry dog is getting into trouble counter surfing, garbage diving, or being served beer by your crazy uncle.
I know, I know, it sounds all too familiar. But I have just one question for you.
Lounging on the couch in a tryptophan-induced coma with your dog happily curled up by your side or cleaning up some fresh puke or poo stains. Or it could be worse. You could find yourselves at the emergency veterinary clinic.
I think it’s safe to say you’d prefer the earlier option. So, let’s have a discussion surrounding Thanksgiving foods for dogs and dispel fact from fiction.
You’ve likely noticed a few helpful articles or infographics floating around the web reminding pet owners to be mindful of Thanksgiving foods that can be harmful to dogs.
If you’ve taken the time to read through them, good for you!
We’re all so busy on Thanksgiving that it’s easy to make mistakes. I’m thankful there is a number of wonderful and helpful reminders for pet owners to keep their dogs safe this holiday season.
Though, I don’t agree with everything I read…
In fact, I think some of these articles scare the living bejesus out of new raw feeders or those interested in giving the diet a try.
What’s the deal with these Thanksgiving food warnings and are they completely accurate? For the most part. A vast majority of their advice should be heeded and taken seriously.
Though, I feel as if some of their statements are incorrect and are based on outdated nutritional advice. For example, warning pet owners against feeding “people food” to dogs is absurd.
We all, pets included, should be eating a diet of REAL food.
I would assume these warnings are written by the same people that consider raw feeding to be dangerous yet are comfortable promoting processed, chemical laden kibble as a healthy solution.
What you can do this holiday season?
Be thankful for the recommendations, be polite of the feeding preferences of others but take the following food myths with a grain of salt or pinch of nutmeg – hey, it’s Thanksgiving after all!
This one’s just silly. There are tons of dogs safely consuming a diet of raw meat and so is every other carnivore in the animal kingdom.
Not only is raw meat biologically appropriate for your furry friend but it’s also full of valuable protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It also has a high moisture content to keep your dog hydrated and facilitate digestion.
So, cut off a piece of raw turkey for your best friend this Thanksgiving or buy him his own Turkey to enjoy. I know I will!
Thanksgiving Food Myths
Raw turkey skin can be a healthful snack.
Quality animal fat contributes to the health of your dog’s coat and fat is also an important source of energy for dogs. Feel free to hand your dog a slice of yummy turkey skin, pre seasoning though, and watch him scarf it down with joy.
The only caveats:
You may want to avoid skin if your dog has special needs or certain health issues. Skip the skin if your dog has a history of Pancreatitis or other conditions that require limiting fat in the diet. Other things to consider: too much skin could cause loose stools in dogs that aren’t used to eating it.
Let your dog enjoy turkey skin this holiday season. It’s one of my favorites, so I’m sure it will be one of theirs as well.
I think this is the silliest statement I’ve ever heard. Cake batter isn’t unhealthy because of eggs; it’s unhealthy because it’s full of refined flours and sugars and certainly isn’t biologically appropriate for your dog. The egg is not the problem here.
Just the opposite, eggs are extremely nutritious and contain upwards of 20 beneficial vitamins and minerals for your dog. The next time you’re in the kitchen whipping up your favorite desert, crack open an extra egg for your dog to enjoy.
Dr. Isla Fishburn is a zoologist, conservation biologist, canine behaviorist, holistic practitioner and wolf handler.
Recently, she’s shared research findings indicating that wolves are eating grapes in the wild. And she’s not the only one that’s suspicious of this myth. Nora from No More Vet Bills dives into the grapes myth here as well.
As you may have read, the following Thanksgiving foods could be harmful for your four-legged family member and should be kept out of their reach this year.
• Cooked Bones
• Macadamia Nuts
• Dough or batter
Of course, if there’s an ingredient you’re not sure about, it never hurts to hop onto Google for a quick check or comment below with your question!
And if you have more raw feeding related questions, check out our comprehensive resources page.
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!