‘Tis the season for everyone to indulge in pumpkin-flavored sweets and cinnamon-covered treats. And by everyone, we mean everyone, dogs included. While there are a slew of human foods that you should definitely not share with your pooch, there are more than a handful of seasonal bites you can slip under the table. Here are 12 autumn foods that canines can eat — in moderation, of course.
PEANUT-BUTTER-AND-OATMEAL COOKIES (WITHOUT RAISINS)
If your dog has a sweet tooth, don’t hold out on those peanut-butter-and-oatmeal cookies! That is, unless they contain raisins or are extremely high in butter or sugar. Otherwise, they are an acceptable snack for your pup. All of the ingredients — peanut butter, oatmeal and cinnamon — are OK for dogs. In fact, the bulk of the
cookie (the oatmeal) is a great source of fiber. If you’d like to make a peanut-butter-and-oatmeal treat specifically for your pup, try this recipe by Two Little Cavaliers.
Unsweetened canned pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and cooked fresh pumpkin are all fair game for your dog, this gourd-filled season. Not only do most dogs like the taste of it, it’s also healthy for them. A great source of fiber, pumpkin aids the digestive system. Additionally, the pumpkin’s fatty acids and antioxidants are good for a dog’s skin, fur and urinary health.
Fresh apples are A-OK for canines. Do not offer your dog the core, however, since the seeds can be toxic in large amounts. Apples are rich with nutrients for your dog, including calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and pectin. Dehydrated apples may give your dog an upset stomach, so keep those snacks to yourself.
Making mac-and-cheese for Thanksgiving? Save some un-sauced pasta for Fido. Plain, boiled noodles are totally safe to share with your dog, as long as it doesn’t have an allergy to wheat. Whole-grain pasta is even better, as it is high in fiber and complex carbs, but low in fat and calories. Bark appétit!
While grapes are toxic for canines, fresh cranberries have many health benefits. Cranberries can provide vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, and prevent urinary tract infections. Just be sure not to give your dog too many cranberries — they may make him gassy!
Dogs go crazy for turkey, and that’s OK! Just make sure that all fat, skin and bones are removed and that it is as lean as can be. White meat is the best way to go if you plan on sharing some of your Thanksgiving turkey with your dog.
A sprinkle of cinnamon every now and then is just as good for your dog as it is for you. Cinnamon has been long used to cure nausea and gas, and has been used to boost energy, circulation, digestion and brain health. Don’t overdo it, though! Too much cinnamon can have an anti-clotting effect.
Lean red meat is a great source of amino acids and B vitamins, both of which will help your dog’s muscles and metabolism. Instead of preparing it how you would for yourself, however, bake or boil it for your dog. Remove any fat and keep it as lean as possible.
MASHED SWEET POTATOES
Many of your dogs are already eating sweet potatoes on a regular basis, and for good reasons. They are high in fiber, vitamin C and beta carotene. If you want to share sweet potatoes with your dog, stay away from the kind you’ll likely be having, i.e., rich with butter and sugar. Keep it all-natural for your pup.
Cooked salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids for dogs. It’s the perfect natural remedy to give your dog a shiny, soft coat. It’ll also aid in reducing skin infections, and give your dog an extra boost to its immune system. When sharing salmon with your pup, be sure it’s cooked all the way through and doesn’t have a lot of oil on it.
As long as your dog is not lactose intolerant, a sliver or two of low-fat cheese are OK to share. Cheese can be an excellent source of protein and calcium. The safest kind to share with your dog is cottage cheese, although many varieties of hard cheeses are fine, too.
Green beans are ASPCA-approved as a safe and nutritious treat. Green beans are high in nutrition and low in calories. Share them raw (as long as they’re washed) or boiled. Some dogs especially love green beans frozen because of the extra crunch they provide.