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 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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