Fall Is Here! Which Foods Are Safe For Your Four Legged Friend?

Is pumpkin safe for dogs?

Do you find your self asking: Is pumpkin safe for dogs?

Well, fall is here.  With it comes the arrival of donuts, cider, & pumpkin spice lattes.  While your pup might go crazy for a pup cup (pupkin spice latte anyone?), chances are they will want to share your other fall treats as well.  What can they and cant they have? 

Fall Foods That Dogs Can Eat

Pumpkin  Nothing says fall more fall pumpkin, and luckily pumpkin is great for dogs! Full of fiber for digestive health and an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron.  Giving your dog some Pumpkin Pure is a fabulous way to spice up their kibble.

Red Apples  Going apple picking this year? Bring your pup along, and let them share in the bounty! Apples are high in antioxidants and fiber, and are a delicious crunchy treat. Make sure you avoid the seeds!   

Turkey  Turkey is delicious for both dogs and humans, and it’s rich in B vitamins, particularly pantothenic acid, which helps regulate blood sugar. Additionally, it’s  full of Zinc, helpful for coat health and digestion.

Sweet potatoes/yams   High in fiber and rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, sweet potatoes also provide dogs with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, B Vitamins, Potassium, and Beta Carotene. Long story short — dogs can (and should) eat sweet potatoes!  

Fall Foods That Dogs Can’t Eat

Pumpkin-flavored sweets – Just because dogs can eat pumpkin doesn’t mean that they should eat leftover pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, or pumpkin-flavored goodies. Dogs’ stomachs may not be able to handle preservatives or sugar substitutes, which are commonly found in flavored or sweetened items that you’ll find during the fall. Stick with Pure, or homemade pumpkin treats! 

Apple seeds – Apple seeds are toxic for dogs, as they contain a small amount of cyanide. While your dog is likely going to be okay if they accidentally swallow one or two seeds, it’s highly recommended that they don’t eat seeds at all. 

Turkey bones – Turkey bones can be dangerous for dogs and should never be given to them to chew or eat. Due to the texture of turkey bones, unlike bones that you may find in the pet store, they can splinter in your dog’s mouth or body, which can cause serious damage.

Halloween Candy- WIth almost no exception, your pup should not be sharing in your halloween candy.  High in sugar, filled with chocolate, avoid letting your dog enjoy your trick or treat bounty at all costs. 

 At the end of the day, only you and your vet know whats best for your dog.  While some dogs might LOVE turkey, others might have an allergy.  We suggest always consulting your vet, before making any massive changes to your dogs diet. 

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