Disturbing Lab Results Prove Top Dog and Cat Food Brands Are Unsafe

Our family is extremely concerned with the quality and safety of our food as well as our dogs’ food. We recently started making our own organic treats at home and posting our recipes to the blog for you to enjoy. The next step in our plan is to make our own homemade dog food, and after reading these lab results we aren’t going to wait any longer to get started! 

I can always count on TheILoveTheDogsSite.com for great content about pets, and this morning I was so happy to come across their article about unsafe pet foods. Pet food consumers just like you and I donated funds to The Association for Truth in Pet Food (ATPF) to test pet foods sold in North America. This test and it’s results are monumental because this is the first and only time a test of this size has been funded and controlled by concerned consumers themselves instead of a regulatory agency that is in charge of governing and selling pet food. Consumers of these pet food brands are left to wonder if these agencies that have conducted tests in the past were too close to the product and the profit to release accurate and honest results. 

Susan Thixton, Pet Food Safety Advocate at ATPF and author of “Buyer Beware” and co-author of “Dinner PAWSible”, was in charge of leading the test along with industry experts such as Dr. Tsengeg Purejav of INTI Service Corporation who lab tested the foods.

Susan explained that “this is history making. No one has ever taken such an up-close and thorough examination of pet food like this before – and most importantly, this was done by pet food consumers!” Thixton said the pet food testing results are “shocking and little did we know we’d find serious risks to ourselves and our human families too.”

The six top dog food brands tested include:

The six top cat food brands tested include:

 

Did you see any brands you’ve fed your dog before? Because I see two that I’ve fed to Zoey and one that I’ve fed to Jem before! Zoey has been eating Hill’s C/D Urinary Tract Health canned dog food for about a year after she had three consecutive UTI’s. Her veterinarian at Banfield at PetSmart recommended Hill’s brand and explained to me that it is one of the top two brands she would recommend because “they’re the only ones that actually lab test their dog food for health standards.” That feels like a very misleading and untrue statement now that these test results have come out and I see that it’s one of the most UNSAFE brands of food! I can’t believe I’ve been feeding her this food for so long. Jem was eating Blue for the first year of her life until we switched her because of her very stinky farts. Now I’m glad we switched her when we did! 

 

Test Results:

The tests conducted on the most popular dog food brands mentioned before indicate that many of these foods contain high levels of dangerous mycotoxins, nutrient concerns, bacterial contamination, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the FDA calls “Qualifying Pathogens.” None of these dog foods have ingredients from China, but they do have ingredients from other countries outside of North America. 

The Hill’s Prescription C/D Urinary Tract health canned dog food that my vet suggested was the safest, laboratory tested dog food option for Zoey tested to contain 7.72% calcium which is almost three times the legal limit of calcium allowed in adult dog food (AAFCO maximum is 2.5%). The Mycotoxin Risk Equivalent Rating was 16 (20 being High Risk), and it contained several bacteria including two bacteria that the FDA calls “Qualifying Pathogens” that pose a “serious threat to public health.” 

Now What Do We Do?

Thixton believes that consumers’ trust in pet food and the regulatory agencies responsible for “testing” these foods is rapidly declining and I believe she is right. I know my trust in them is completely gone after seeing these results. She explains that “it is truly sad that consumers found the many risks in pet food they did. Now we can hope – with this scientific evidence – that authorities will finally listen to the many complaints of consumers and make pet food safe. Not only for the pets, but for the pet people too.”

1. Find A Food That Is Lab Tested and Proven Safe:

Thixton created a list of the safe pet foods from her studies and lab tests that can be purchased for a small donation. What’s crazy and surprising about this list is that there are only 20 dog foods that make the “healthy” list, and NONE of them can be purchased in big box pet stores. They are only available at independent pet food stores, online pet food stores, or purchased directly from the manufacturer. That really makes you think about the integrity of the big box stores and makes me wonder why they are only making unsafe dog foods available for us to purchase and none of the healthy options are on the shelves!

We love to support small businesses any chance that we can since we are a small business ourselves, and this was the third strike for the big box pet stores like PetSmart where I have been buying Zoey’s C/D Urinary Tract food. I will definitely not be buying any more food or other items from big box pet stores after learning that they don’t sell any healthy of the healthy pet food brands. I’m happy to support the small businesses who are morally selling nutritious food.  

2. Feed Your Pet A Homemade Diet Using Balanced Recipes:

The other thing included in Thixton’s list that really excites me is the two homemade dog and cat food recipes! I’m so thrilled to use these recipes and rest assured that I’m providing Zoey and Jem a healthy, organic, homemade diet.

3. Speak Up To Make A Change:

Thixton also encourages us to make a change by sending letters to our representatives in Washington D.C. She only asks that we don’t send petitions – only letters: “No petitions (please) – representatives in government need to receive hundreds of thousands of personal messages directly from pet food consumers demanding change,” she explains. You can simply go to your state government website for the information on how to contact your representatives. She even created a sample letter for you to send without having to do any of the work! 

Sample Letter to Send to Representatives:

Consumers recently raised the funds to test 12 of the most widely-purchased brands of pet foods sold in the U.S. and Canada. What was found in this consumer funded testing were violations of pet food regulations (nutrient imbalances), dangerously high levels of mold (mycotoxins), and very concerning bacterial contamination (bacteria determined by the FDA and CDC to be antibiotic-resistant).

Consumers pay an estimated $1 billion dollars a year to states in sales tax revenue (for pet food purchases alone). Please explain to me what consumers are getting in return for that revenue?

Pet food consumers have been complaining about the condition of pet food since the 2007 pet food recall, complaints have fallen on deaf ears. For more than seven years consumers have waited on FDA to find the lethal contaminant of Chinese jerky treats – FDA has provided us nothing. In 2007 Congress told FDA to establish pet food ingredient standards and definitions, processing standards of pet food and provide updated standards for the labeling of pet food. This work was required – by Congress – to be completed by September 2009. More than five years after the deadline – consumers still wait for the FDA. I ask you, how much longer should consumers wait for safe pet food?

Testing of pet food that should have been performed by tax dollar supported regulatory authorities was done by consumers. Now, consumers – myself – are asking you Why? How? could pet food pose such a serious risk to the pets that consume it and the humans that handle it?

Please read every page of our Pet Food Test Report – you can do that here: http://associationfortruthinpetfood.com/the-pet-food-test-results/

I await your response on this very concerning issue.

Sincerely,

[your name]

 

Thank You For Listening

I hope this post helped open your eyes to how misleading dog food companies and big box retailers are when they claim their food is wholesome and healthy for our pets. We really can’t trust their marketing terms like “natural, no preservatives, non GMO, etc.” because they negate the tried and true results from the tests in the lab. Food is what fuels our bodies and our pets’ little bodies, and it’s so important that we are knowledgeable about what we are feeding them because they depend on us whole heartedly. For the full report and findings from these lab tests click here.

 

Organic Homemade Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Banana Flaxseed Dog Treats

Our family has become dedicated to eating only organic food (whenever possible) because organic food tastes better, has more nutrients, and is free of GMO’s, poisonous chemicals, fillers, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and arsenic in meats. Just to name a few. My dad Larry who started RadioFence.com 24 years ago alongside my mom Lori, recently wrote an article on our website about how “natural” pet food and treats that you see in stores are not truly the wholesome natural ingredients we are expecting them to be. It is more of a marketing term used to get us to buy the product without any guidelines or restrictions required by any agency for using the term “natural.” Scary right?!

Our family wants to know exactly what we’re eating and we feel the exact same way about our dogs. They’re part of the family! We don’t feel right giving them food and treats without knowing specifically what the ingredients are, how to pronounce them, and that they are completely safe and healthy to keep our loyal pups thriving for many years.

That’s how we determined it’s much safer, simpler, and actually CHEAPER to make dog treats at home! And they LOVE how they taste. They turn their noses up at the store-bought treats now and go crazy over the homemade ones. Makes you think twice about what’s in them now doesn’t it?

Organic Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Banana Flaxseed Dog Treats
Yields 25
Super quick, easy, and healthy treats your dog will beg for!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 C Coconut Flour
  2. 1/2 Banana - Mashed
  3. 1/3 C Peanut Butter
  4. 2 Tb Flaxseed Meal
  5. 1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with a spatula
  3. Flour the counter with coconut flour and roll out the dough about 1/4in thick. (The thicker the dough the chewier the treat!)
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. I used a dog bone!
  5. Place treats on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes for a little bit of a crunch. Bake less for chewy treats.
I used all organic ingredients to make these treats
  1. Bob's Red Mill brand organic coconut flour and flaxseed meal
  2. Organic banana
  3. Smucker's brand organic creamy peanut butter
  4. Silk brand organic unsweetened almond milk
Adapted from Lola The Pitty
Adapted from Lola The Pitty
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We included flaxseed because it’s great for dogs. It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids to help with your pup’s skin and coat. I chose to bake my treats for 15 minutes because my dogs love a treat that is still kind of soft and chewy rather than crunchy. If your dog prefers a crunchy biscuit, you can bake yours for longer than 15 minutes.

Step 1: Find/Purchase Your Ingredients 

All organic ingredients!

We live in a small town, so it can be hard for us at times to find every ingredient we need organic. I was happy we were able to find organic ingredients for these homemade treats! If you struggle to find organic ingredients too, just do the best you can! If you can’t find organic peanut butter or almond milk, make sure the almond milk is unsweetened and the peanut butter you choose doesn’t have too much sugar or any unnatural sugars. Remember from our 12 foods your dog can’t have post, xylitol and unnatural sugars are toxic to dogs. 

Step 2: Measure and Mix Your Ingredients 

Very simple and easy!


This recipe couldn’t have been easier to throw together. With only 5 ingredients that mixed together beautifully, I was ready to roll out the dough and start making treats in no time at all!

Step 3: Roll The Dough and Make Your Shapes

Time to make them cute!

The only part of this recipe that will take any time (and it still isn’t much) is rolling out the dough and cutting out the shapes. I purposefully made the recipe smaller so this tedious part wouldn’t take very long and you only have to dirty one or two baking sheets. After all, those pups are standing at your feet drooling and ready for their treats to be ready now! You can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re feeling frisky and have the time to cut more shapes out. 

Step 4: Bake, Let Cool, and Enjoy!

By the time these were about to come out of the oven, my dogs could barely stand it anymore. They were drooling at the smell of them and couldn’t stop jumping up at me taking them out of the oven. I was even getting a rumble in my tummy at the smell of these fresh baked treats – after all, they are made completely of yummy “human” ingredients. And if you’re wondering if I tried them myself, of course! My philosophy is my dogs shouldn’t be eating a treat I would not be willing to try myself. I can personally give a review that they were incredible! No wonder they went crazy over them…

Laci was first to try!

Laci, my sister’s new puppy, was the first out of the gate to stampede over to the treat jar and have a taste.

Look out Laci - You have company!

Of course her puppy spunk allowed her to outrun middle-aged Zoey, but Zoey was right behind licking her chops ready to try them.

Once Zoey got a taste of one, she was hooked! I’ve never seen my picky eater love a treat this much and I felt a great sense of accomplishment that something I made for her in my own kitchen was her new favorite snack.

You can’t hide anything from Jem… that hound nose sniffed these treats out so quick! I think her mouth was a few steps ahead of her nose because she didn’t even stop to investigate these treats before she dug right in.  

I’m so happy that I decided to work on my goal to make dog treats because it has been on my list for months now. There’s always a million excuses why I don’t have enough time or the resources to make homemade treats for the dogs. But once I decided to do it, it couldn’t have been easier or quicker, and it was so worth it! The only time consuming part of making your own dog treats is sifting through the thousands of recipes and trying to find one that has only healthy ingredients, but I’ve done the work for you! We will be doing our best to deliver homemade dog treat recipes to you each and every week, so subscribe or keep checking back with us to find your weekly recipes!  You will be surprised how quick they are to make and feel proud that you made your dogs so happy and healthy. 

 

This recipe was inspired by a recipe from Lola The Pitty.  She used regular flour but we chose to substitute with coconut flour for a grain/gluten-free option. If you substitute coconut flour for regular flour in your recipes, you only need 1/4 C of coconut flour for every 1 C of regular flour. Even more incentive to use coconut flour! 

15 Gifts On Your Dog’s Christmas List

 

Christmas shopping can be a stressful and daunting task when you’re standing in the middle of a store with the pressure of finding the perfect gift for those special people in your life. But finding the perfect gift for your furry best friend has never been easier, and you can feel great about what you picked out from the comfort of your own home when you order online from our store – RadioFence.com! With 100’s of pawsome dog-approved presents to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose.

1. AutoSlide Automatic Door


For a lot of us, the holiday season is a great opportunity to spoil yourself and your loved ones with the newest and greatest invention or technology. The AutoSlide is the latest, brand-new dog product that you won’t find anywhere else! It doesn’t get any better than the AutoSlide automatic patio door system which turns your existing sliding glass, patio, screen, or even interior door into an automatic door that opens and closes using Infra-Red sensors much like the doors you walk through at the grocery store. Never worry about getting up and down to let your dog in and out of the house multiple times a day – because we all know as soon as they come inside they’re ready to go back out again! The simple do-it-yourself system can be installed in less than 30 minutes. You can also open and close the automatic door with switches on the wall or a remote that you control. Check it out:

2. Holiday Clothes

Dog clothes are not for everybody, but if you love to get festive with your dog around the holidays, then our holiday dog clothes are perfect for you and provide the comfort your dog craves!

We also have other holiday varieties including themed holiday dresses and holiday hoodie sweatshirts for a more casual Christmas all cuddled up with the family.

3. Dog Crate End Table

Having a dog crate is a necessity for some, but they often exist in our homes without much thought put into how they look, where they should go in the room, or how they go with the rest of our decorating theme. A dog crate end table has all of the luxuries your dog needs in a dog crate but is also extremely functional and attractive-looking for you and your family which makes it a great gift for you and your dog. No more wire crates that stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the room!

4. Cozy Cave Pet Bed

A new bed will make your dog feel amazing this holiday season. We know they can get worn out after awhile, and there’s no better time to freshen up and get a replacement than Christmas time. We have such a huge selection of dog beds that it’s hard to choose just one as our favorite.

The bed we’re getting our dog Jem for Christmas this year is the Cozy Cave because of it’s unique design. It’s perfect for dogs that like the burrow or nest in bed. Jem nudges my arm for me to lift the blanket up so she can burry herself and feel warm and secure under the covers. This bed is perfect for her, and we can’t wait to see her reaction on Christmas morning!

 

5. Dart Interactive Toy

Everybody loves opening a new toy on Christmas morning, and your dog will love you for getting her the Dart Interactive Laser Toy to keep her occupied with fun for hours. Especially dogs that are stuck inside for hours at a time due to the harsh winter weather and need to burn some energy!

6. Car Seat

Dogs love and need car seats for so many reasons. Safety, comfort, anxiety relief, spacial awareness, etc. Imagine being in the car and being too short to see anything that is going on outside the moving car. That can make even the most relaxed dogs feel uneasy even if they don’t show it. Car seats boost dogs up so they can see out the windows. Dogs are very vulnerable in the car without the safety of a seatbelt like humans have. A car seat is the perfect place in the car for your dog to be safe and comfortable for even the longest road trips or just short errands around town!

 

We bought our Beagle Jem her first car seat two years ago for Christmas when she was just a small puppy and it made such a huge difference for her. She immediately relaxed, felt secure, and let loose for all of our car rides. I loved being able to strap the Console Car Seat to the center console and have her close to me while I drove, and she seemed to love our quality time just as much as I did.

 

 

7. Bicycle Basket

Your dog won’t be able to contain her excitement when you present her with a bike basket! Spending quality time with our dogs is priority number one, and any time there is a new opportunity to get out of the house and explore together is exciting. Going on walks is already so thrilling for your dog, but going for a bike ride with the family is a dream come true.  

8. Elevated Dog Bowl

With so many dog bowls to choose from out there, how do you ever know if you’re picking the right one? Veterinarians suggest elevated dog feeders because they allow dogs to eat using proper posture, promote good hygiene, alleviate pain due to arthritis, neck, or back problems, help dogs with megaesophagus that have difficulty swallowing, dogs with digestive issues, and dogs with disabilities. Comfort is so important, and your dog will love you even more for improving his eating abilities.

9. Automatic Meal Feeder

Automatic meal feeders are an amazing tool to have in the house that use timers to feed your dog his meal at the same times every day. Sometimes your schedule gets crazy, you find it hard to be home at the same time every day to feed on schedule, you feel guilty for having to stay late at work, or you get caught up with an emergency. You can have peace of mind knowing that you never have to worry about your dog missing a meal no matter what happens when life gets crazy. Automatic feeders also aid with preventing obesity and overeating.

10. Water Fountain

Research shows that one of the best ways to improve your dog’s health is to get her to drink more water. Water fountains are the best way to encourage dogs to drink more water and are much better than standard bowls. Humans don’t like to drink water that has been sitting out all day, and your dog is no different. Fountains provide your dog with fresh and filtered water all day every day and look beautiful in any kitchen with the variety of colors and styles available.

11. SUV Cargo Liner

SUV cargo liners are an awesome alternative for dogs that are too big for a car seat but still desire a comfortable place to call their own in the car. They’re great for you as well because they shield and protect the carpet in your car from dirt, dander, fur, spills, or accidents.

12. Strollers and Bike Trailers

If your dog is too big to fit into a bike basket, there’s nothing better than a bike trailer for your family. If you love to travel and explore with your dog, you definitely want a stroller that converts into a bike trailer. If you’d rather just have a stroller or just have a bike trailer, there are those options as well. You and your playful pup can have so much fun biking together!

13. Wicker Crates and Cozy Crate Covers

Wicker crates are a great alternative to traditional wire crates because they tend to go better with the rest of the decor in your home rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. If you don’t want to make the upgrade to a new crate, you can still accessorize your existing wire crate to make it more aesthetically pleasing with a crate cover. More importantly, crate covers provide supreme comfort for your dog far beyond what he can get with a traditional crate alone. They give you the style you want and the comfort your dog deserves. Even better, research shows that crate covers reduce barking because they ease stress.

14. Play Pen

Play pens are awesome to have whether you use it at home or on the go since they are very portable. Just when you thought you’d considered every option there is to entertain your dog, we found an amazing video of a pug having a blast with his playpen and about 100 plastic balls. Check it out and see why your dog needs a playpen too! 

15. Pet Steps

Pet stairs can provide life-changing relief for your dog. There are so many instances when we wish they could talk and tell us what they need, and if they could they would ask for a set of pet stairs! Your dog needs help getting onto the couch, bed, or into the car. Stairs are recommended by veterinarians for all dogs to prevent injury and arthritis from excessive jumping and are necessary for small, older, or disabled dogs. There are also pet ramps for easily getting in and out of the car.

 

There are so many amazing dog products that improve the lives of our furry best friends as well as our own lives tremendously. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spoil your dog and yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family at RadioFence.com to yours!

Our Dogs Jem and Zoey - Christmas 2013

 

10 Dog Breeds That Can’t Stand To Work

A lot of us think of our dogs as our most cherished companion that we bring with us to run errands, watch movies with cuddled on the couch, and take walks in the park with. But for centuries dogs have been used for working and can do such amazing things when they are assigned to a job. But what happens when there are just certain dog breeds that are notorious for absolutely hating to work?

Maybe you can relate to the feeling of hating to work and are thinking you may just be a certain breed of human that instinctually hates work. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blame our lack of motivation and third snooze of our alarm to our “breed” like these dogs?

Our friends at The I Love Dogs Site  have put together another great article featuring the 10 dog breeds that absolutely hate work. Although the following dogs have been known to prefer couch surfing to working, of course there are exceptions to every stereotype!

1. Akita

Akitas are smart dogs who will work on their own terms and have no problem deciding for themselves whether or not they want to follow your command. They have been known to look at you when you’re asking them to do something, consider whether or not they want to make the effort, and turn away from you acting like you aren’t even there.

 

2. Shiba Inu

They are similar to the Akita because they are very intelligent and have energy when they feel like it. They’ve been known to question whether you are seriously asking something of them or not and decide for themselves if what you’re asking is worth the reward in the end. No reward? They probably aren’t going to make the effort.

 

3. Dachshund

They were originally used as hunting dogs, but they have evolved into full-blown lap dogs. And they’re proud of it! Dachshunds have been known to be difficult to train, especially with potty training.

 

4. Havanese

The Havanese is another proud lap dog but is a little easier to train than the Dachshund. The Havanese still aren’t interested in sticking around and working on a bunch of tricks, however. A few tricks is plenty before they settle back down onto their favorite spot on the couch.

 

5. St Bernard

The St Bernard undeniably looks lazy with the droopy, tired eyes, and the saggy skin. These loyal companions are perfectly content just relaxing at your feet or snuggling up in the living room with the family. They are happy just with the company of their loved ones and don’t have interest in working on much else in their life. If you’ve seen the “Beethoven” movies and how hard those St Bernards work you may disagree!

 

6. Husky

When I read the article, this one surprised me the most. Huskies have been known to pull sleds in the snow and be able to work for hours in extreme climate conditions. However, if you talk to many Husky parents they will tell you that getting their Husky to do what they ask can be quite a difficult task. Just think of the 100’s of viral videos of Huskies protesting with their hilarious howls and comical commentary that sometimes sounds almost human!

 

7. Beagle

Now this is the one that I was waiting for! When I think of a lazy dog, our dog Jem is the first thing that comes to mind. She’s the sweetest little girl there is, but when she gets out of bed in the morning it’s only to eat her breakfast. Then she is right back on the couch or in the bedroom for round two of her beauty sleep. She will sleep all day unless we make her get out of bed to play outside and get some exercise! Beagles are also known for being “stubborn” and only able to focus on what is interesting to them rather than what you’re trying to tell them. If a Beagle catches a scent, it doesn’t matter what commands you use, he will be off on a chase! We got really lucky with Jem because she listens really well and never runs off after a scent when we’re outside. However, she is stubborn because she will only listen to her daddy’s commands and nobody else’s!

 

8. Pekingese

These dogs are known for being low energy and loving lap dogs. They can also be hard to teach and especially difficult to potty train.

9. Clumber Spaniel

If you want a dog that is going to be an enthusiastic running companion, this is not the breed for you. They have been known to be “independent” thinkers and hard to train.

 

10. English Bull Dog

This may not be surprising to you that the Bull Dog isn’t known for being a high-energy worker. But we can’t necessarily blame them… their wrinkly rolls and round bodies make it difficult for them to be anything other than cuddly couch dogs.

 

Do you have any lazy pictures of your dog? We’d love for you to share with us!

 

Healthy and Yummy Thanksgiving Meal for Dogs

Our dogs are a bigger part of our families than we can put into words. We’re always trying our best to let them know just how much we love and appreciate them. We want to take this special opportunity on Thanksgiving to show them that we are thankful for them, and they deserve to have a special feast with us as we enjoy our holiday meal.

But what can dogs eat on Thanksgiving? The last thing you want to do to show your dog appreciation is give him food that leads to a trip to the “V-E-T” when you should be at home enjoying your pumpkin pie for dessert.

There are many foods that dogs can’t eat, and some may be surprising to you. That is why it’s so important to educate yourself and learn what foods are toxic to dogs.

 

According to PetMD, it’s extremely important that your dog doesn’t eat anything with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) because eating these in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia. Stay away from the stuffing since it includes alliums and sage which causes central nervous system depression.

 

 

Yes To Turkey!

Plain, white meat turkey is a perfect protein for your dog on Thanksgiving. Make sure there aren’t any bones, skin, or fat and you’re good to go!

Bring On The Potatoes!

 

Plain mashed potatoes are a great vegetable to share with your pet on Thanksgiving, but make sure you cook them plain without the added butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, or gravy that you like in your mashed potatoes. When it comes to cooking human food for your dog, plain is always the key. Their sensitive tummies can’t handle all of the extras like ours can.

 

 

Green Beans Are Great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plain green beans are a wonderful vegetable to add to your dog’s Thanksgiving treat. But if we’re talking about green bean casserole, that’s another story. There are ingredients in green bean casserole that might not agree with your dog or could be toxic like onions and garlic. Stick to the plain green beans.

A Tiny Bit of Cranberry

 

Cranberry sauce is another yummy treat to add to your dog’s thanksgiving feast, but be careful of the sugar content. Check the nutrition facts and make sure there isn’t too much sugar. Add just a tiny bit to your dog’s meal if you’re unsure just to be safe.

 

 

This Thanksgiving we’re going to cook up a very simple yet wonderful platter for our dogs Zoey and Jem consisting of:

  • White meat turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Cranberry sauce 
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving treats to feed your dog? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Let us know in the comments, and have an awesome, safe, and relaxing holiday!