Can I Give My Dog Holiday Leftovers?

Can I Give My Dog Thanksgiving LeftoversFamilies have holiday leftovers after Thanksgiving and Xmas. While extra food is nice, finishing it off can be a chore. Your dog is the most willing for such a salivating scenario.

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You can feed Fido holiday leftovers, but there are factors to consider. Many of these wonderful foods complicate matters for dogs. Pets can get sick and a condition called Bloat is most worrying.

Nobody likes to waste food. You also don’t want to sicken your dog. We’ll breakdown what’s safe and what’s not. Your dog can help out with holiday leftovers. Just use good judgement and moderation.

Can I Give My Dog Holiday Leftovers? Answer: Yes, selectively

Pets can enjoy leftovers after these special occasions. Just know which foods to withhold.

We’ve covered a similar topic, table scraps. If you’re here, there’s likely holiday-specific foods sitting in your refrigerator. It should be noted many dog owners refuse to give table foods of any kind, even during holidays.

This information is for those wanting to share holiday leftovers in the most responsible way possible.

Turkey Meat, Skin & Bones

Meat in itself, including turkey, is holiday food that you can give a pet dog. After all, canines are primarily carnivores. One could argue it’s better than normal dog food. Who said Thanksgiving is only for people?

As for the skin, it should be withheld. Eating too much turkey skin is a recipe for pancreatitis. Large pieces of such skin may also be a choking hazard. You also shouldn’t allow your dog to chew on leftover bones.

Turkey bones, in particular, can easily splinter and so they aren’t at all appropriate for your dog.

Stuffing, Carrots & More

Besides the main course, there’s usually a wide variety of other offerings. Careful with side dishes. Some can be harmful for dogs. Stuffing is often prepared with onions which is dangerous for them.

A small amount of mashed potatoes is fine, preferably without cheese or sour cream. Gravy is usually okay, but it depends how it’s made. Cranberry sauce tends to be too high in sugar for dogs.

Pure green beans and carrots are mostly what we serve our four-legged friends besides the main course.

Every Situation is Different

Your family will have different types of Thanksgiving and Christmas left over dishes. The point is to be mindful of ingredients and be conservative when feeding a dog leftovers. Play it safe when sharing with Fido.

Never Allow Binge Eating

Your dog can only help so much with those Thanksgiving leftovers. Some animals are prone to Bloat which can be quite serious, even life threatening.

It’s thought to be caused by eating or drinking too much. Keep that in mind when serving leftovers on festive holidays. Sometimes you wish you had more pets!

Conclusion on the Leftovers

Dogs don’t like to be left out on holiday leftovers! Just limit serving sizes and be selective. Carefully consider which foods to share with Fido. Turkey meat is fine, and even some gravy, but withhold bones. Giving your dog Thanksgiving or Xmas leftovers doesn’t have to be problematic. It’s okay to include pets on joyous occasions.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.

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