Many articles warn us about the dangers that certain human foods pose to our pets. These warnings are, of course, very important. However, that doesn’t mean your dog can’t indulge in some healthy holiday foods. Just be very careful that these foods are prepared for your pet without any harmful ingredients. For example, garlic and onion can be harmful to your pet, as can too much fat or small bones such as those found in poultry. If your pet is primarily on a commercial dog food diet, you may want to introduce these foods in small, “treat-sized” amounts to avoid an upset stomach. The following holiday foods can be a great treat for your dog, if prepared properly:
Thoroughly cooked beef, chicken, or turkey are great human treats that you can share with your pet. You certainly want to remove skin and bones, in order to avoid seasonings and choking hazards that could pose a danger to your pet. These meats provide healthy, delicious, and unprocessed protein that your pet will love.
Canned pumpkin is a healthy addition to your pets diet. It can be used to flavor homemade dog treats, or can be mixed in with kibble or lean meats. Do not feed your pet raw pumpkin, but canned or cooked fresh pumpkin is great. In fact, pumpkin can be an effective natural remedy for constipation or diarrhea.
Just like pumpkin, green beens can be a fantastic addition to your pets diet. They provide fiber and nutrients, and can be served plain, or along with your dog’s normal food. Again, avoid seasoned green beans, and opt for plain, cooked fresh or canned.
Cooked sliced or mashed sweet potatoes are a nice treat or addition to your pup’s food. Another great way to prepare this holiday staple is to dehydrate sliced sweet potatoes in your oven at a low temperature over a long period to make sweet potato jerky. This delicious snack keeps in the fridge for a long time, and is super healthy for your dog.
Carrots can be given to your dog raw for a healthy snack that is quick and easy. So if you leave out some raw carrots for Santa’s reindeer, feel free to offer one to your pup too. Of course cooked carrots are also fine, as long as you leave off the fat and seasoning.