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Holiday dinners - sharing yummy food with your dog the RIGHT way! Pass it on!
Admin | November 23, 2009 9:42 pm Better Dog Care And Nutrition
I know most of the big name pet food companies condemn feeding any sort of "people food" - they'd rather have you spend lots of money on treats that are full of poor quality ingredients but "formulated by experts especially for your dog".

The truth is that when done right, a few bites shared from your dinner plate certainly aren't the end of the world, and contain none of the awful ingredients the above mentioned types of treats are made with

Holiday dinners - sharing yummy food with your dog the RIGHT way
1. No cooked bones - EVER! As tempting as it is, any sort of bone that has been cooked (doesn't matter if it's baked, roasted, boiled, steamed, barbecued etc.) is not safe to feed to your dog. The heat alters the bone matrix so weight-bearing bones can splinter into sharp, damaging fragments, and even too much soft "crumbly" bone like cooked turkey neck can impact in the intestines and cause a blockage. This is a risk not worth taking!

2. If you feed mostly commercial food (especially dry kibble) the rest of the year, don't overwhelm your dog by giving lots of fatty cuts of meat, or turkey skin. Skip the ham, too - too much sodium. Safe to share: small bites of lean meat such as turkey breast, without fatty gristle or skin attached.

3. Do not give any fatty sauces and gravies. A small dollop of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes is fine, but keep in mind that these are high in calories already, and even more so if you use cream, sour cream and/or cream cheese to make them especially rich. Most vegetables are also fine to feed, but stick to things like plain carrots, green beans and broccoli rather than to prepared versions that have bacon bits or other ingredients added. If in doubt, wash off the veggies before feeding.

4. Sweets aren't healthy for your dog, so please don't share your pies and other desserts. Most dogs love plain canned pumpkin (no salt or anything else added), so stock up on an extra can by all means! Mixed with plain, non-fat yogurt and frozen in a Kong toy, canned pumpkin makes a yummy, low-calorie treat that will keep your dog busy away from the dinner table while the humans eat.

5. Overfeeding in itself can cause digestive upset and diarrhea already even if no other foods cause irritation, so be sure that if you do give your dog some of the safe tidbits, cut down a little on the regular food portion you feed for regular meals

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Good advice. I'm a bad mommy and I feed Gryff from my plate all the time. But, I'm not as bad as my husband! The only time Gryff likes the rest of my family is at dinner.

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Ahh you're not a bad mommy LOL . So long as you do it right ,there's nothing wrong with "people" food. Like Sabine says , its healthier than a lot of dog foods. Molly only gets table food after she finishes her regular food. Just make sure to watch the calories.

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Thanks Dave for the advice on holiday meals. I often feed Murphy human food but I am going to be much more careful and follow your advice on the types of things that are good for him. I changed his food to Fresh Pet Select several months ago and I do believe that it is healthy for him but I noticed by weighing him that he has gained 3/4 of a lb. I always felt he was a bit underweight at 7.5 ozs but now I am worried that 8.25 may be too heavy for him.

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Since mine eat kibble mixed with canned I buy a special can for holidays. Merrick has several and they love the Grandma's Chicken Pot Pie, they had it for Thanksgiving and they'll have it on Christmas as well. I feel they're getting something special, they love it, and I don't feel bad that they aren't getting people food.

Since we have kids in our house all the time it's easier to stick with the rule that the dogs only get dog food, no people food. Sometimes we use boiled chicken but it's in a container in the fridge marked "DOGS".

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