Looking to include your dog in your Thanksgiving feast? Use our dog-friendly Thanksgiving guide as a reminder of which foods are safe for your four-legged companion and which are unhealthy (or even toxic).
Fully-cooked, plain turkey meat is a fantastic source of lean protein for pups. It’s also a great source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins. Avoid turkey skin which is often seasoned with toxic alliums (onions, scallions, leeks and garlic).
Baked or Boiled Potatoes
Plain potatoes are fine in moderation so long as they are baked or boiled. Potatoes are a common ingredient in dried dog foods and are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron and magnesium.
Broccoli / Brussel Sprouts
Both broccoli and brussel sprouts are rich in vitamins (A, C) and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Add these steamed veggies to your dog’s dinner bowl to give him or her a low calorie, nutritional boost.
Plain green beans are high in fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium and are a healthy addition to any dog meal. As always, make sure the green beans were not prepared with any harmful ingredients (i.e. onions, pepper).
Plain Canned Pumpkin
A small amount of canned pumpkin is great for dogs. Not only is plain pumpkin high in fiber (good for diarrhea and constipation), it is also rich in beta-carotene.
Plain Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a healthy source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C and beta carotene.
Cranberries / Cranberry Sauce
Raw and dried cranberries are ok for your dog if fed in moderation. Avoid cranberry sauce and juice, however, which may contain raisins (dangerous), currants (dangerous), and sugar (unhealthy). Homemade and store-bought cranberry sauce often contains raisins or currants (very toxic to dogs) and high levels of sugar. Cranberry juice usually contains grape juice (grapes are another huge no for dogs).
It depends. Natural juices from fully-cooked turkey can embellish your pup’s dinner and make him drool. Make sure, however, no toxic seasonings were used when preparing and basting the turkey (onions, scallions, and even pepper can harm your dog). Avoid store-bought gravy which often contains a myriad of ingredients that can upset or even harm your pup’s stomach.
Ham can be a delicious treat, but limit how much you give your pup. Although a good source of iron and B vitamins, ham is very high in salt, cholesterol and fat and can contribute to obesity down the road. Too much ham at once could also result in an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea.
Candied Sweet Potatoes and/or Sweet Potato Pie
Avoid candied sweet potatoes and sweet potato pie. These are high in sugar and may contain toxins including nutmeg. If ingested in large amounts, nutmeg can damage dogs’ central nervous systems and cause tremors, seizures and even death.
Never feed any cooked bones - turkey, ham, chicken, or fish - to your pets as these very easily splinter in their mouths and esophagi
Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Juice
Homemade and store-bought cranberry sauce often contains raisins or currants (very toxic to dogs) and high levels of sugar. Cranberry juice usually contains grape juice (grapes are another huge no for dogs).
While plain baked potatoes are not harmful for dogs, mashed potatoes usually contain butter, cream, salt, garlic and chives (part of the onion family and very toxic to dogs).
Stay away from pumpkin pie which usually contains nutmeg (toxic to dogs if ingested in large amounts), cream and sugar.
Stuffing is a cornucopia of potentially dog-toxic ingredients. Onions, scallions and peppers are commonly used in stuffing, so best to completely avoid sharing this side dish with Fido.
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In an increasingly pet friendly world, dog carrier bags allow us to take our four-legged family everywhere. Whether you are about to board an international flight, ride on public transportation, go hiking, or spend the afternoon running errands with your four-legged friend, getting your dog used to a pet carrier is essential.
Is your dog new to pet carriers? Nervous, excited, or jumpy in any type of dog bag or pet purse? It is very common for dogs to be scared of new carriers or even try to jump out, especially if they're not used to being carried. How do you teach your dog to love riding in a bag?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide several steps to help your dog get used to a new pet carrier.
Mike and I (Steph) have flown extensively with with our long-haired dachshund Django. Every trip has been relatively easy since Django weighs 14 lbs and comfortably fits in an airline-approved pet carrier. He is also calm, quiet, and loves his airplane-friendly dog bag. We are fortunate that Django is so well behaved once we're up in the air.
Of course, flying with a dog in the airplane cabin is not always so easy. Dogs who have never flown before may be understandably nervous in the crowded airport and once on board. If you have never flown with your four-legged friend before, you might also be unsure what pre-travel steps should be taken.
If you want to take your dog on an in-cabin flight, there are several things you can do to make your trip as safe and seamless as possible. Here is how to best prepare your dog to fly in the airplane cabin.
One of the first dog toys we (Mike and Steph) ever bought Django was a KONG Classic rubber dog toy. Easily one of the most popular dog toys on the market, our durable toy has lasted through the years. Just yesterday, Django spent almost 20 minutes carefully licking every ounce of peanut butter out of his KONG toy.
Over the past give years, KONG has been one of our go-to dog toy companies. The brand is known for its high quality products and premium dog treats. We were therefore very excited to learn that KONG introduced its own monthly subscription box back in late 2019.
The following is a comprehensive overview and review of KONG Box based on our own personal experience getting the monthly subscription box for our long-haired dachshund, Django.