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Old 12-24-2012, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Safe Christmas dinner for dogs

Since Christmas is a special occasion, we were thinking of giving our dogs a bit of human food. I know smoked turkey and ham is probably safe, but what about cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole (without unions), mashed potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, deviled eggs (mayo, egg yolks, paprika, and a small amount of sugar), and pumpkin pie?
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Run to the store and get them some Merrick Canned dog food - it's made for dogs and they won't know it is not people food
There's one called "Granny's Pot Pie" that is sure to be a hit.

Human food has too much fat, sodium and other 'bad stuff' for dogs.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I second msvette2u. They have some nice flavors that go along with the holiday theme: thanksgiving dinner, venison holiday stew, turducken etc. A couple spoons on top of regular meals is a big hit in my house.

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We had the senior foster Holly, who suffered from colitis and had to have tylan daily. She absolutely loved Merrick and it was the only thing she'd eat reliably.

You open it up and it looks like human stew
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You probably know your dog better than us. I'm a spoiler and give our dog human food - in very small portions. Our dog cannot handle fatty things very well, maybe yours can. From your menu I would give in very small portions some turkey without the skin, mashed potatoes if you don't make then too fatty, and a very thin slice of pumpkin pie ( I make mine with less fat than the typical recipe).

I'd skip ham (nitrates and too much sodium) the cornbread and I'd only give plain green beans, deviled eggs are too rich in my opinion.
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I don't give mine human food, but I will get them some pre made raw and add some good stuff like egg, yogurt, and cottage cheese. I will also give them some sweet potato...just boiled sweet potato. They will get a special Christmas dinner too
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I will be giving Hunter a small plate of cooked turkey and my husband's homemade macaroni and cheese and candied yams (sweet potato, brown sugar, cinnamon, marshmellows). He's raw fed, and has never eaten "dog food" - as long as I or my husband has cooked it ourselves and we know exactly what's in it, we'll give him some. Strangely enough, he rarely gets the food from our plates. Holidays are always a good time to spoil him.
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We had the senior foster Holly, who suffered from colitis and had to have tylan daily. She absolutely loved Merrick and it was the only thing she'd eat reliably.

You open it up and it looks like human stew
I did a one-hour meeting with Merrick a couple weeks back to learn the details of their food/formula, the representative ate the "Wingaling" canned dog food in front of us to prove it's human grade quality. It was pretty amusing! In the end, Merrick IS human food - just without spices, salt, etc. VERY bland.
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Yes, I'd eat it in a pinch. It's excellent food.
It's pricey but Holly was a 6lb. Pom-Poo mix, so it didn't break the bank too badly
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Yes, I'd eat it in a pinch. It's excellent food.
It's pricey but Holly was a 6lb. Pom-Poo mix, so it didn't break the bank too badly
Yeah, it can be pricey but if you give a tablespoon only with kibble it works out pretty well. Very, very good quality food. One of the ones I recommend to clients when I do nutrition consultations. Their dry food is very good, too. Not a lot of people know Merrick.
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