Veterinary Approved Holiday Sweets & Treats

what is okay to feel your pet dog at dinner table ask a vet what to feed my dogI’m assuming most everyone shared at least part of their Thanksgiving meal with their beloved pets yesterday, and perhaps you are still sharing those leftovers today. As long as you follow some basic principles (not too much, no bones they could choke on, nothing too fatty that could upset their stomach, etc.) this can get my veterinary stamp of approval.

One area though that I really encourage you not to share with your pooch is the dessert tray. Everyone now knows that chocolate is bad for dogs, but cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and mincemeat are no nos as well.

Here are some safe ways you can indulge your pet’s sweet tooth! Minimal cooking required.

Yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium. Mixing in a little with your dogs meal makes for a special meal. Even betterwhat is safe to feed my dog? Slice a banana and add to the mix and you’ve got a doggy dessert Dr. Laci would fight you for.  Plain (non-sweet yogurts) are best, as extra sugar or artificial sweeteners can be dangerous or even toxic to pets.

Fruits! Perfect as a small quick treat, fruits are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. Which fruits? Blueberries, bananas, slicked apples, raspberries, the list goes on, but make sure it does NOT include GRAPES or RAISINS! Make sure you don’t forget that many holiday breads have raisins.

dog nutrition, ask a vet, what is good to feed my catIn honor of supporting Dwight Schrute and all the real beet farmers out there, beets! Messy, yes, but packed full of nutritional power–folate, manganese, potassium, and flavonoids. There are really few negatives to adding a small amount of beets–raw, baked, grilled, boiled–to your pet’s bowl. Unless you feed them on carpet.

foods safe for dogs, ask a vetSweet potatoes, without the side of marshmallows and butter. Bake them and add in, shred and feed raw, or even slice thinly and roast in the oven for a treat that is crunchy and sweet. Packed full of vitamins A, C, manganese, and fiber, your pooch will love this yummy treat. Cats? It’s 50/50.

Pumpkins! A super food for dogs, pumpkin is packed high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer. Feed in moderation raw or baked, and you can even roast the seeds for perfectly munch-able snacks for both you and Fido. Just remember, feeding a baked pumpkin pie does not qualify as a healthy way to indulge him.

Not sure if your pet should eat a particular food, or if your pet ate something you know is bad?  Ask a vet.  Do you have any favorite healthy pet desserts to share?

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Hope you’ve slept off your turkey day coma!
Dr. Jed

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November 27, 2010 at 14:03

Hi! Thanks for sharing the tips. We do feed our Huskies turkey, sweet potatoes, pure pumpkin puree, green beans, bananas, salmon, chicken, tuna, and yogurt. But I had never heard about beets. We will be sure to try that with them. Thanks! I am now a follower of your blog and on Twitter and Facebook as well. Looking forward to reading more!

November 28, 2010 at 18:00

Sound like you are doing a great job feeding your dogs a diverse group of foods. Can you imagine eating the same thing every day for your entire life- and can you imagine that being kibble? I believe in high quality dog foods, but I think it is behaviorally healthy to diversify in moderation.

February 26, 2012 at 13:00

I like your style!

March 28, 2012 at 06:09

Been around dogs my ernite life and I haven’t killed one yet. I plan to always have one or more. I did not go to dog school or read a book or any other thing before owning a dog. If I have a question about a dog, I ask my vet or my friend who raises them. You don’t have to be extremely educated to own a pet I know alot of people who don’t know much and their dogs are loved and fine. As long as you take care of them and don’t ignore things I think its fine. Just like people having babies. We don’t take classes or go to school. Its kind of common sense what to do or if we need outside assistance. I didn’t run off and educate myself on having babies either. Just the nutrician when pregnant or what came up. I had all four without any pain meds what so ever. My kids are great, and so are all my dogs and cats. In fact I had a dog with cancer. The vet asked how did we know so fast something was wrong as it had just reached a point it would casue symtoms or pain. Well we know our pet and we knew he didnt act right that day and on into the next so we took him in. We had no clue what was wrong, just that something was. Thats what vets are for!!! Was this answer helpful?

April 30, 2012 at 14:14

I just learned dogs can’t ever swallow apples because the seeds can hurt them. There are actually a bunch of things I discovered this morning about what our dogs can and cant eat. Some fruits can actually KILL your dog .