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Should Your Dog Enjoy the Thanksgiving Leftovers?

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Bolt, the incredible Yorkie-Poo and guest columnist:  First of all, let it be known that I plan to be first in line for the Turkey Day leftovers feast!  Ahhh…I can already smell the turkey, the potatoes, the stuffing, and that green bean casserole…not to mention the pumpkin pie.  However!  Before my master lets me just dive right into the Tupperware containers and aluminum foil wrappers, here are a few instructions on what you can feed your dog after you have settled back on the couch with your pants unbuttoned and your shirt hanging out:

  • If your dog only eats dry dog food from a bag, his stomach will probably be too sensitive to enjoy any type of leftovers from your feast.  Err on the side of caution and just enjoy those goodies yourself the next day.
  • If dogs were in the wild, they’d eat turkey.  However, if the turkey upon which you feasted was either deep-fried or cooked with bacon, avoid giving it to your dog.  That added fat could cause some loose stools…and who wants to deal with that?
  • Dogs love their veggies, and they can eat most any of them:  carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, and even green beans.  However, DO NOT give a dog onions.  Those can be extremely toxic to dogs in large doses….not to mention the havoc they can wreak on one’s breath…which could prove to be  toxic to YOU!  (Have you smelled the breath of that other dog in my home?  Definitely not advisable!)
  • Keep the gravies and sauces away from your dog.  These can upset the digestive process in your dog and possibly result in diarrhea and vomiting.  Stuffing and any bread items can make a dog bloated.  As for the sweets and desserts, just don’t go there!  Enjoy those yourself.  Just save us some extra helpings of love and affection!  Those go a long way and can never harm us!


(Thanks to for this refreshing and insightful information!)


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