Dogs, meanwhile, have more olfactory cells than humans, and beagles moreso. No wonder they beg for food, and not everyone has trained themselves to resist those big sad eyes when they start begging.
So, what do you do?
There's lots of things dogs shouldn't eat during a holiday. HOWEVER, there are some things that you can give your pet so they can enjoy the holiday too.
Presenting the doggy Thanksgiving dinner.
And again -- no bones!
Now if you are not serving turkey, the same rules apply. Beef, chicken and fish are ok. Pork should only be given sparingly.
When it comes to side dishes, you can't go wrong with vegetables for dogs. They very good for them, packed with vitamins. Of course, we humans love to spoil our veggies with butter, seasoning, sugar, cream of mushroom soup (no mushrooms for dogs!) and fried onions.
So stick to cooked veggies that don't have a ton of seasoning. Lulu loves broccoli, so I made her some cooked, unseasoned, unbuttered broccoli. Asparagus, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and green beans are also great. But not green bean casserole. That's for the humans only (nom nom nom!)
Sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin make great side dishes for dogs and humans. But humans do have a tendency to load these with brown sugar, maple syrup, marshmallows, that sort of thing. Stick to cooking them simply. And when it comes to pumpkin, no pumpkin pie. Too much sugar.
Other things you can give your pet that's normally on the Thanksgiving menu:
- Cranberries (again, nothing sweetened)
- Apple sauce
- Mashed potatoes (a little bit)
- Corn (not on the cobb)
- Unseasoned rice
- Gravy -- essentially made with fatty juices
- Stuffing -- too much seasoning to mess with
- Bread -- dogs really shouldn't eat it
- Raw dough
Also, always consider how this meal will fit into your dog's regular diet. Maybe give them less of their regular food, depending how much you decide to give them of the human food. But don't overdo it! This is meant to be a treat.
Just consider this when your dog is sniffing around the kitchen, and Happy Thanksgiving!
PS: Don't forget the kitty cat!