Can dogs eat table scraps?

Thanksgiving time means lots of delicious food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple spice and all the smells of the season fill homes as families give thanks for everything they’re grateful for. During the holiday season we also can’t forget to give thanks to our furry four-legged family members who share our lives and warm our hearts. Our dogs and cats also deserve a Thanksgiving feast but can dogs eat table food? What table foods can you feed cats?  

Feeding a dog or cat human food 

When it comes to feeding dogs and cats table food, there are several variables to consider. Do you want your dog or cat eating at the table? This may later lead to behavioral problems when your dog or cat begins begging for scraps while you’re trying to eat. Another consideration is whether table food is good for dogs and cats. Often our Thanksgiving dinners are filled with added salts and sugars or we offer our pet the leftover fat and bones from our Thanksgiving day meal. 

According to WebMD, feeding our pets fat and bones or excess salts and sugars can have detrimental effects on their health. There are also several types of human foods that are bad for dogs and cats and there are human foods dogs and cats should not eat at all. When it comes to human food for dogs and cats, the safest and healthiest bet is to steer clear of sharing your turkey dinner and instead craft a special Thanksgiving feast for your dog or cat using a raw diet. 

How to craft a raw Thanksgiving feast for dogs and cats 

Dogs love a raw diet

When you craft a Thanksgiving feast for your dog or cat using a raw diet, you don’t have to worry about the safety of the food because it has been specifically formulated to match the dietary needs of dogs and cats. 

Thanksgiving Gravy for Dogs and Cats

To start, use some Vital Essentials Turkey Toppers and mix them with some warm water to make a gravy for your pet’s Thanksgiving feast. Then add the gravy to your choice of Vital Essentials turkey foods. There’s freeze-dried Turkey Mini Nibs and Turkey Mini Patties or frozen Turkey Patties for dogs. For cats there’s freeze-dried Turkey Mini Nibs and Turkey Mini Patties or frozen Turkey Tubs or Turkey Mini Patties

Pet-Friendly Stuffing

Now that you’ve got your Turkey and your gravy, it’s time to come up with the stuffing for your pet’s Turkey dinner. We recommend using some Chicken Giblets, Duck Liver and Chicken Hearts for your cat’s Thanksgiving stuffing. For your dog’s stuffing, try some Turkey Giblets, Beef Liver and Chicken Hearts. 

Complete your pet’s Thanksgiving meal

So now that you’ve got your turkey and gravy along with some delicious stuffing, what else do you need to make your pet’s Thanksgiving complete? Obviously a VE RAW BAR freeze-dried Turkey Neck! Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Turkey Necks are an excellent source of protein and energy. They provide your pet with calcium, phosphorus, and trace minerals along with a crunchy texture that supports healthy teeth and gums. Plus, your pet will keep themselves occupied while chewing on the raw snack. 

Avoid overfeeding your pet on Thanksgiving

Just a word of caution: The Thanksgiving raw dinner creations we’ve suggested are not meant to be fed to your dog or cat all at once. Just like people, dogs and cats may overeat and it’s not good to feed them a large meal with a variety of different ingredients at one time. A raw diet is also rich in protein and real meat and, just like everything else, should only be fed in moderation. Consider splitting up your dog or cat’s Thanksgiving dinner into smaller raw portions throughout the day and, if your pet has not been fully transitioned to a raw diet, consider adding the raw food, treats and snacks into their current diet. Check out our Raw Feeding Guide for more detailed information on switching your dog or cat to a raw diet.   

Despite the temptation of sharing your Thanksgiving feast with your pet, you should stick with feeding foods that are good for your dog or cat, rather than feeding them table food or human food instead of dog food or cat food. Always consult with your veterinarian to address any dietary concerns you may have for your pet.

Show your love and thanks for your dog or cat this Thanksgiving by treating them to a raw feast in moderation. Your pet will be gobbling it up just like a turkey! For more information on Vital Essentials, be sure to check out our other blog posts and subscribe to our email list to be kept in the loop on contests and deals. Also, follow us on social! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.