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Thanksgiving Do's and Don'ts

The holidays are just around the corner and I'll be including Eli in our celebrations for the first time. The first hurdle is Thanksgiving. So many yummy treats for us to enjoy I want to be sure he gets in on the fun without getting sick. I thought I'd start a thread where we can discuss:
- what we can feed our babies straight off the table,
- what we can easily modify,
- what to avoid (some things like onions are covered in another thread)

E.g. I assume turkey is ok but the sweet potatoes need to be sugar, cinnamon, and marshmallow free.

Also, if you have any doggy recipes to share for Thanksgiving that allow us to adapt some foods while cooking for the family that would be great!
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This will be Whimsy's first Thanksgiving. I will just feed her regular dog food to her and maybe give her a special chewer to chew on or a kong while we are eating. I think she will be more then happy with that. She is pretty easy to please. The best part for her will be playing with my 2 grandchildren. She just loves being with kids and is all worn out when they leave.( I am too! LOL)

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Turkey's fine, just not the skin. Keep to less that ten percent of her regular food. We've had our Thanksgiving here a couple of weeks ago. Lucky ducks. Enjoy. I'm thankful we don't have any snow yet. Get rid of the bones to a safe spot that your dog can't get at.

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Thankfully both of mine never "ask" for table food. When we sit down they go to their kennel and wait until we are done before they come out
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I don't give Gucci a whole lot of turkey, it gives her terrible diarrhea, even the organic/no hormone, raised in a field of flowers and oxygen type of turkey, lol) it just doesn't settle well with her.

She loves acorn squash, I cut the green ones in half and rub a little olive oil and a few spoons of brown sugar and bake them, I"'ll pour the sugar off before I feed her the squash..but she love it, its the only vegetable she'll eat, that and pumpkin.

I'd just be careful with very rich foods high in butter, and bones..

But yeah..I have to feed her what we eat, I can't make her eat her usual stuff and watch her drool after torturing her with the smells all day....that depressed look she gives me breaks me everytime...

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The holidays are just around the corner and I'll be including Eli in our celebrations for the first time. The first hurdle is Thanksgiving. So many yummy treats for us to enjoy I want to be sure he gets in on the fun without getting sick. I thought I'd start a thread where we can discuss:
- what we can feed our babies straight off the table,
- what we can easily modify,
- what to avoid (some things like onions are covered in another thread)

E.g. I assume turkey is ok but the sweet potatoes need to be sugar, cinnamon, and marshmallow free.

Also, if you have any doggy recipes to share for Thanksgiving that allow us to adapt some foods while cooking for the family that would be great!
We don't feed Kodi from the table EVER (creates bad habits like begging). We also tend to avoid tab;e scraps except in TINY quantities as training treats. Any major change in your dog's diet is likely to lead to stomach upset... which leads to poopy butt. No fun on ANY dog, but especially on a white one on a holiday!!!

A puppy is going to be over-stimulated just by the event. Try to keep things as calm as possible, and keep their food as routine as possible.


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any tips on how to keep the in-laws away?

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We've made it a rule at our house that Tucker never gets table food when we're at the table eating. It has worked well since we have the family over every Sunday after church for lunch and he never begs for our food. I will occasionally give him carrots, apples, green beans, bananas or something like that as a treat though.
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We've made it a rule at our house that Tucker never gets table food when we're at the table eating. It has worked well since we have the family over every Sunday after church for lunch and he never begs for our food. I will occasionally give him carrots, apples, green beans, bananas or something like that as a treat though.
We hardly ever give Eli human food and never feed him while we're eating. A few times my hubby gave him just a tiny taste. During the holidays I worry I might break my own rules if only to reduce my guilt.
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I'm guilty of putting a tiny bit of human food mixed in with maggie's kibble. I do it all the time. I know bad, but I never give it to her while we are eating, it's only at her meal time and I use bits of turkey, chicken or cheese bits for training purposes. Tiny tiny pieces. I will definitely be giving my baby some turkey with her kibble on thanksgiving. The cat will be getting it too!!! I just won't feed them off the table. Maggie and Leo the cat will be eating that turkey for a few days. I probably give Maggie 2 tablespoons of real food with her kibble a day, 1 tablespoon per meal, mashed up tiny. I also take some kibble out of her meals to use during the day to stick in her kong.

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