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Holiday Leftovers

by Coach Lilly

‘Tis the season for giving, love, and family! We love to share all our delicious treats, and naturally you’ll want to share with your best pal, who happens to have a lot of fur! There are tons of holiday treats that are safe for dogs to eat, but others should be kept far away from that imposing snout.

It’s alright to give your pet a taste of the spread, but the food shouldn’t be his whole dinner, according to LA-based celebrity dog-trainer Nicole Ellias.

Any change to a dog’s dietary system has the potential to cause discomfort. Before you and your family enjoy your feast and chow down, announce your plan to the group so there aren’t 12 pairs of hands feeding your pup from their plates.To make this holiday season a healthy + enjoyable one, check out the the dos and don’ts for your furry four legged family.


The Good

Pumpkin

“Pumpkin is a magical ingredient for dogs,” Ellis said. “It helps them with constipation and not going enough.” Served plain, pumpkin is a safe and sweet treat for pups. If you buy pumpkin puree in a can, reserve a little for your pooch before you season it or douse it in sugar.

Cranberry Sauce

As long as cranberries are the main ingredient, this Thanksgiving staple makes a great treat for your hound. Ellis said its often found in a lot of dog treats and kibble because its beneficial for your pet’s urinary tract and is packed with antioxidants. Just make sure the food is stem-free and doesn’t contain any additives like sugar and nuts.

Turkey — Off The Bone

“You want to make sure it’s unseasoned and well cooked,” Ellis said. Be very careful the meat is bone-free; bones are dangerous for dogs to digest. They can splinter and get stuck in the tract of their stomaches.

Certain Vegetables

Green beans, asparagus and carrots are really great for our dogs, said  Ellis. They can be cooked, but they shouldn’t be seasoned or salted. Salt can dehydrate your pet and make for a not-so-fun Thanksgiving.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are another example of foods that you can responsibly share with your pet, so long as you know the ingredients. When the dish is free of butter and dairy, it’s good for the sharing. When butter, sour cream or other dairy products are added, keep the potatoes to human plates only. Milk are tough on dogs’ digestive systems.

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The Bad

Alcohol

Water will do. Because our pets tend to be smaller than us, they’re harder hit by intoxicants.

Breads

As easy as it may be to tear off a piece of your dinner roll and toss it to your tail waggin’pal, the food contains yeast which will probably bring on gas and discomfort. Other bread-products may be ripe with raisins and other fruits, which are extremely dangerous for dogs. Better skip the process of breaking bread with your furry one entirely.

Stuffing

Stuffing can cause anemia in your pet. As innocuous as your family recipe may seem, this holiday favorite is often flavored with onion, garlic, leeks and shallots.

Dessert

While you stuff yourself silly with pie and anticipate that food coma, leave your dog out of the tradition. You probably know that chocolate is the ultimate “No” for poochies, but too much sugar can make him tired and potentially lead to weight gain and diabetes.

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Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats!

With the holidays coming up, and the delicious smells from baking yummy treats…we are sure your cute pup has tried once or twice to snag a treat! It may be tempting to give in to their cute faces, but instead of giving your furry family member a tummy ache; bake them their own scrumptious treats!

Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular goodies around the holidays! Our poor pups hang around and keep us company all day while we cook away, but when the baking is all over and done they get nothing… Instead of letting that happen, try baking them their own special pumpkin pie, but be careful to not mix your pies up! ;)

INGREDIENTS: 

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup water

1 egg

1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling! Plain, pumpkin only.)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°

Lightly spray or grease a 24 cup mini muffin tin.

Combine peanut butter, whole wheat flour, water and egg in a medium bowl, stir well to combine.

Divide dough evenly into mini muffin cups, press into bottom and up sides.

Spread pumpkin puree evenly over crusts. Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops begin to brown.

Remove from oven and cool completely before placing in an airtight container.

Then, you can refrigerate for a week or freeze for up to three months.

Now just look at this pumpkin pup-tasticness!

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