As Turkey Day Approaches…

You might be wondering whether you can feed your dog a Thanksgiving meal.

You bet! Just do it the right way.

Remember the #WNTF list:

  • NO cooked bones.
  • NO onions.
  • NO grapes or raisins.
  • NO raw yeast bread dough.
  • NO chocolate or coffee.
  • NO alcohol.
  • Nothing containing Xylitol (e.g., sugar free chewing gum)

You can feed your dog raw turkey bones, and raw turkey meat. You can feed your dog cooked turkey meat, but remove the skin. Your dog could be sensitive to the spices you’ve rubbed on the outside of the bird, so be mindful.

You can feed your dog cooked yams, cooked white potatoes, cooked green beans or peas, cooked carrots, and cooked pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, real pureed pumpkin), all of which are good for her and she will love.

Why not scoop some out before you add the butter, sugar, spices, or other flavorings? Again, avoid the heavy spices and the things that make the meal so decadent. Rich, heavy, fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis.

Although not toxic, sugar is not good for your dog. Please don’t give it to him. Maintaining a constant blood sugar level is as important to your pup as it is to you. His body doesn’t need the stress of a sugar spike followed by the drop, so just don’t give him that pecan pie he’s eyeing. You’re in charge.

The act of feeding your dog is an act of love. Your dog trusts you to feed him right. And he has no option but to take what you give. So be smart, and don’t give him things that will make him sick.

After you eat, why not go for a little walk? Both of you need the fresh air and exercise. Enjoy the afternoon together. Snuggle up on the couch together to watch some football.

And give thanks for your dog. He’s the only one not judging you. ūüôā

pugs & kisses,

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To Feed or Not To Feed?

That is the question.

I’ve been talking to a lot of people about this raw, wHOLe food diet.

Everyday, after they get past the raw meat series of inquiries, the next thing people ask is:

So, in addition to raw meat, what do you feed them?

Since I’ve given you the short list of WNTF (what not to feed), I’ve compiled a longer list of what I have fed my dogs over the course of the past month.¬†I have experienced no negative physiological reactions so far, but that doesn’t mean you won’t.

Every dog is different. Word.

Some of it they love; for some of it, they turned up a smushy-faced nose & said “Nuh-uh.”¬†

Disclaimer: Please feed responsibly. I am not responsible for your errors in judgment.¬†There are risks. Consult with your vet. Proceed with caution. Make sure what you’re feeding is clean & fresh, free of contaminants & pesticides. Give your dog time to transition. She could have an allergy that you are not aware of. Try one new food at a time in case there’s a bad reaction, then eliminate that from the diet. Use common sense.

Now that’s over, here goes:

Fruits & Veggies                         Raw Meats

  • Watermelon¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Chicken tenders
  • Cantaloupe¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Chicken thighs (bone in¬†& filets)
  • Honeydew¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Chicken liver
  • Blueberries¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Beef tips
  • Strawberries¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Beef liver
  • Apples¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Beef short ribs
  • Pears¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Catfish filet
  • Bananas¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cod filet
  • Plums¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Tuna filet
  • Peaches¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Tilapia filet
  • Tomatoes¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Raw,¬†cage-free chicken eggs
  • Pineapple
  • Broccolini
  • Broccoli¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Other
  • Bell Peppers
  • Green Beans¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Corn¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Raw, local Honey
  • Lima Beans¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Organic Molasses
  • Green Peas¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Unbleached Sea Salt
  • Carrots¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Organic Coconut Flakes
  • Cucumber¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Organic Coconut Oil
  • Zucchini¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Yogurt (plain)
  • Sweet Potatoes¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cottage Cheese
  • Idaho Potatoes¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Oats
  • Pumpkin¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Chia Seeds
  • Butternut Squash¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Impressive, huh?

I think so.

pugs & kisses!

Knick Knack Paddy Wack

Give your dog a bone.

A raw one.

Cooked meat & poultry bones are dangerous because they will splinter. Uncooked ones are wHOLly safe.

I admit. I was totes skeptical. Grossed out. Hesitant because I didn’t want anybody to choke.

My trusty book says they’re ok. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone once again. Offered Pearl & Truman each a raw chicken bone for the first time.

O.M.G.  !!!!   LUV.   For real.  Amaze-balls.

Bones provide some essential nutrients that dogs need. They are chocked full of concentrated protein, amino acids, and some vitamins & minerals. (good stuff). Chocked full, yo.

Marrow is not bone (duh), but is inside of a bone and contains mostly fat and some blood components. (ew). (more good stuff, tho).

There’s some cartilage up in there, which is mostly collagen. (again. good)

Bones themselves are calcium and phosphorus. (convinced yet?)

Check the back of your dog food bag. Betcha see bone meal, don’t you? Bones are good for dogs. That’s why they put it in there.

A raw bone has GOT to be better than a processed, ground up, powdered one. (Word to your mother).

Plus, truth? I don’t care for brushing my dogs’ teeth. They don’t like it either. Bones will keep them clean. (clean teeth = fresh breath. Am I right?)

You can feed chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, and venison bones, among others. Pork, according to the book I’m reading,¬†The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care by CJ Puotinen, is not recommended. Also, my dogs have a tendency to puke pork when I’ve let them have it. (I’m a quick learner. No more pork.)

I trimmed the meat from the bone & cut the meat. I laid the bone along beside it in their bowls full of luscious pureed pumpkin & sweet potato. They nudged past the meat & veggies, pulled that bone out and WENT. TO. TOWN. Both of them. While I sat in utter amazement. They crunched & gnawed, gnawed & crunched till it was all gone. Nobody puked. Nobody choked.

My bestest brother-in-law gave me a freezer full of quail & pheasant (bone in) last night and we are SET. Free food is always in budget!

pugs & kisses,