By Jessica Sly
It’s going to happen. You will be tempted. The moment you sit down in front of a meaty Thanksgiving spread and heft a full fork to your lips, you’ll be caught in your pet’s wide, teary-eyed stare.
Pets begging at the table aren’t anything new, but the mooching and drooling will be in high gear come Thanksgiving Day.
Though offering a few scraps is OK as long as you don’t overfeed your pets, make sure you know what is and isn’t safe for them to eat.
Turkey is a great lean protein to feed your pet. However, skin and fat should be discarded. It is also extremely important to ensure all bones are removed, as they could lodge in your pet’s throat or intestines.
Garlic, onions, spices, gravy: No
These ingredients can cause toxic anemia when ingested by animals, and gravy is too rich for a pet’s digestive system.
Potato/sweet potato: Yes
The vegetables themselves are quite healthy and filling for your pet, as long as they’re plain. Just make sure there aren’t any additives such as butter, sour cream, onions, cheese or gravy. Pumpkin is also a tasty treat.
Chocolate is an absolute no-no for pets. It can cause illness and possibly even death.
Green beans/carrots: Yes
Plain green beans and carrots are a great treat, but if they’ve been cooked into a casserole, it might be best to forego these vegetables, as the other casserole ingredients in the dish could be harmful.
This fruit is toxic to pets and is shown to cause kidney failure in dogs.
If your pet doesn’t mind the tart flavor, this one is fine for a treat. Just avoid sauces that have lots of sugar or bourbon.
Because stuffing generally contains onions, spices, grapes, garlic and more, it’s best just to leave this one off your pet’s plate.
If you want to give your dog an extra special treat to keep him away from the table, try this recipe.
Healthy Pumpkin Balls
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 Tbsp. molasses
4 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl.
Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens.
Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best).
Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened.
Jessica Sly of Alexandria is a writer/proofreader and has a passion for art of all kinds, whether it be music, writing, drawing or Disney.