The holiday season can be an exciting time for you and your dog. You both get to enjoy the family you haven’t seen in a while, get awesome gifts, and of course… chow down on the food! While you prepare that holiday dinner, you may feel a bit guilty your dog can’t enjoy all the festivities. If you get to eat this well during the holiday season, why shouldn’t your dog? After all, they are a special part of the family. But, what holiday foods are safe for dogs to eat? You may be surprised to find out there are many holidays foods you enjoy annually that can serve as a nutritious treat for your dog this holiday!
First, here is what to avoid
Before we dive into what foods are safe for your dog to eat during the holidays, let’s chat about what you should avoid. While you may appreciate the extra flavor that seasoning and spices add to your holiday dish, they can potentially put your dog at risk. The plainer a dish is, the safer it is for your dog to enjoy. Be sure to steer clear of anything with alliums, including garlic and onion. Also, dairy, like butter and sour cream, and anything with excess amounts of sugar should not be given to your pet. Your dog may have trouble digesting any dish including these those ingredients. Pet owners should consult a veterinarian before adding new foods to your pet’s diet.
Now that you know what additives to avoid let’s check out these seven holiday foods that are safe for dogs to eat!
A dish the whole family, especially dogs, get the most excited during the holiday season is the holiday turkey or ham. That holiday turkey often fills the entire house with an irresistible smell that keeps even the antsiest of dogs at attention. Main course poultry like chicken and turkey are safe to feed your dog during the holiday season, as long as you keep in mind a few tips.
Avoid giving your dog the skin, as it can be too fatty. It is also important to remove the meat from the bone because home-cooked bones tend to break and splinter, which can cause internal damage.
2) Green Beans
Plain green beans are another safe food dogs can enjoy during the holiday season. Also, green beans have a variety of health benefits that make it a great treat year round! Green beans are an excellent source of plant fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. Your dog can enjoy green beans this holiday season in many different forms including chopped, steamed, raw, or canned. Just make sure they are plain green beans without added salt, garlic, onions, oils, or spices. It is also important to note whole green beans that are too large can pose as choking hazards to your dog. Like with anything you give your pet, be sure to monitor them when giving them larger green beans.
3) Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, even yams, can be a fun chewy treat for your dog during the holiday season. Sweet potatoes are a source of dietary fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta-carotene (a source of vitamin A), and manganese. This means plain sweet potatoes for dogs promote healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs. How can your dog enjoy sweet potatoes this holiday season? Easy! Give your dog sliced, dehydrated, or mashed sweet potatoes in small amounts. Just be sure they are plain sweet potatoes without sugar, marshmallows, or any other additives. Sorry, little four-legged friend, no candied yams for you.
Pumpkin is very popular during the holiday season, but did you know pumpkin is also safe for your dog to eat? Like sweet potatoes, pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and fiber, which aids digestion. When giving your dog pumpkin, cooked or raw, make sure to avoid sugar and other spices that can be harmful to your dog. What makes pumpkin an even cooler holiday treat? Pumpkin is a great seasonal do-it-yourself (DIY) dog treats.
Apples may not necessarily be a “holiday food,” but some people use apples for their holiday desserts! While you are cutting up apples for that apple pie, keep in mind apples can be a nice little treat for your four-legged friend. From Honeycrisp to Granny Smith, apples are a safe holiday food that naturally cleans your dog’s teeth, is low fat, and a unique antioxidant.
Be mindful of large amounts of apple seeds and stems in fresh apples, as they contain cyanogenic glycosides which can cause an upset stomach, and more serious problems if consumed in large quantities.
Many holiday dishes have carrots in them. While some of those dishes aren’t safe for dogs to eat, carrots alone are safe for your dog to eat during the holidays! Carrots are low calorie and low-fat treat packed with beta-carotene, vitamins, and fiber. Giving your dogs carrots raw can keep them entertained, while cooked (unseasoned) carrots can satisfy their taste buds!
7) Redbarn Foods, Bones & Bullies!
Whether you are looking to occupy your dog, or want to feed them a special holiday treat, Redbarn may have what you are looking for. Redbarn has a full assortment of products to help your dog feel included this holiday season!
Wanta special holiday meal to feed your dog? Enjoy our Duck & Turkey Pate with Peas & Carrots, or our Turkey Stew with Cranberry & Sweet Potato. All Redbarn canned and rolled dog food feature functional ingredients that support your dog’s health!
Redbarn carries a variety of bully sticks, bones, and other dog chews to keep your dog busy while you and your family prepare that holiday feast. We also carry a special holiday line that makes a great gift for your favorite four-legged friends including our Redbarn Fetchers Candy Cane and holiday Filled Bones!