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5 Safe Ways to Prepare Healthy Fall Foods for Dogs

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy sweet treats and festive foods! Just make sure you take a few precautions before giving your fur kid an autumn snack. While many common fall foods are delicious and nutritious for dogs, some can be harmful to their health. We’ve outlined the dos and don’ts of feeding your pup seasonal foods this fall.


DO give your dog organic and unsweetened pumpkin. 
Pumpkin is a superfood for dogs. When served plain, it is full of fiber and beta carotene. This low-calorie food option also helps balance a healthy diet by promoting weight loss. The perennial pumpkin craze is all it’s cracked up to be, both for humans and pooches! 

Pro Tip: Pumpkin seeds are healthy for dogs as long as they are unseasoned (i.e., no salt or artificial flavoring). It’s best to give one seed at a time as opposed to a handful. Toast or warm the seeds in the oven for a yummy treat your dog will love! 

DON’T give your dog pumpkin pie. 
As tempting as it may be to give your dog pumpkin pie, avoid it at all costs. Canned pumpkin pie filling may contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Common pumpkin pie additives like salt, sugar, and spices can also irritate your dog’s stomach.  



DO share seedless apple slices with your furry friend.
Slice up a plain apple or dip it in peanut butter for added flavor! Giving apples to dogs helps to freshen their breath, and apples also promote good health and provide your fur baby with a low-protein, high-fiber food for snack time. This healthy treat is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging with its natural sweet flavor and crunchy texture. 

DON’T let your dog eat caramel apples. 
Although caramel apples are festive and delicious autumn treats for people, they are not suitable for dogs. Caramel contains sugar and other additives that will do more harm than good. Dogs should stay away from all candy and other foods that contain sweeteners. 


DO let your dog try popcorn that is plain and organic.
Unsalted and unbuttered popcorn can promote better digestion in dogs. Enjoy this snack with your fur kid under the stars or cuddled up on the couch watching scary movies. You can also make your own popcorn. Purchase kernels (preferably organic) and heat them until they pop in a microwave oven or popcorn maker.
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DON’T give your dog kettle corn or any popcorn with added sugar or sugar coating.
Avoid popcorn with sugar, salt, or any toxins that could disrupt your dog’s digestive health. Read snack labels carefully and don’t let your dog eat anything questionable. When in doubt, stick with kibble and veterinarian-recommended treats. 


DO share some plain turkey meat with your dog.
You can serve turkey sliced or chopped up in small pieces. This food is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. Cooking for your dog? Make his dinner separate from yours. Keep the delicious spices that people love away from your dog’s food, as they may be harmful to your pup. A healthy fur kid is definitely something to be thankful for! 

DON’T pass the turkey bone.
As well as avoiding Thanksgiving foods with herbs and spices that could lead to health problems for your furry friend, be sure to keep your dog’s turkey portion free of bones, which can splinter and cause serious injury to your pup’s mouth, esophagus, stomach, or intestines. 



DO feed your dog peanut butter.
Peanut butter is like candy for your dog. It’s also packed with nutrients and can add flavor to almost any food. Mix peanut butter with your dog’s treats, pills, and food for an extra-sweet taste!

DON’T let your dog eat chocolate or Halloween candy.
Chocolate disrupts dogs’ metabolic processes and contains toxic substances called methylxanthines, stimulants that can be fatal to dogs. When outdoors with your dog, be on the lookout for stray pieces of Halloween candy that may have been dropped by trick-or-treaters, and if you have any candy laying around the house, make sure your dog can’t get to it. 

Before you treat your pup to any snacks, even those that are supposed to be safe for dogs, make sure you are aware of any food allergies he may have. And again, you can’t go wrong with kibble and veterinarian-approved treats. Happy Fall!

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