Every dog lover is guilty of sneaking a few scraps to our four-legged friends. What better time to share with a dog than during or after a Thanksgiving meal, right? Sources say this could be wrong, after all.
The leading chef at Three Dogs Bakery in Kansas City warns dog owners not to feed their dogs as much, this Thanksgiving.
“To avoid vet bills and vet visits, I would definitely not recommend feeding dogs any bones you would have cooked with. When turkey bones get cooked in the oven, they splinter really easily then break apart,” Chef Jordanna Wakefield said of giving dogs Thanksgiving day leftovers, “If you give those to your dog, you have the risk of them splintering while they are chewing on them. They could choke on them, or they could mess with their digestive system.”
The accomplished dog treat baker went beyond just turkey bones in warning about the potential canine dangers associated with Thanksgiving leftovers. Salt is just as unhealthy for our furry companions, which most families put a plethora of holiday meals. Salt goes on meat, in potatoes, in broths and stuffing, and so on. Another unhealthy substance for dogs is sugar which can also be found in a variety of Thanksgiving dishes. Cranberry sauce, puddings, and cakes are full of it and should only be handed to a dog if they are, in fact, sugar-free.
Dogs don’t have to be left out of the festivities, however. Chef Jordanna’s own Three Dog Bakery makes decedent homemade and healthy dog treats, as do other dog-centered eateries all over the nation, just be sure to stop in before they close up for the holidays!
Furthermore, f you absolutely must slip your dog any meat or potatoes this Thanksgiving, make sure there is no seasoning, salt, or sugar. The general rule of thumb when determining what can be fed to a dog is to aim for the plainest food possible to ensure that nothing harmful as been added to your dog’s special treat.