Ah, the flavors of Fall. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh orchard apples, all evoke warm feelings of cozy nights by the fire and afternoons spent in the falling sunshine. Sharing Fall with our pets are some of our favorite memories. But we wish we could share some of our favorite Fall dishes with them too. Did you know that there are actually certain Fall human foods that are not only safe for pets but also good for them too. Check out these four Fall human foods your dog will love.
Fall one sheet pan meals are a popular quick and healthy meal option for Fall dinners at home. Filled with potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots of all colors, and a protein of your choice makes for the perfect dish! Did you know your dog can enjoy the sweet potato in the dish? Sweet potato provides an abundance of nutrients including vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber which are all great nutrients for your pet of any age.
Be sure to avoid adding any additional seasonings like garlic, onion, etc. to their portion of sweet potatoes. Dogs cannot have these and will get sick. Feed them sweet potatoes in moderation.
Pumpkin bread, lattes, muffins, donuts, and decorations are all Fall staples. Unsweetened, pure pumpkin puree is a great treat for your dog. Low in calories and dubbed a super food, pumpkin is packed with nutritious fiber and beta carotene. You can also give your dog pumpkin seeds as a healthy treat alternative. Make sure the seeds are unseasoned and feed to your pet one at a time. Please remember that pumpkin pie or other pumpkin flavored people goodies are not the equivalent of pure pumpkin puree, which your dog can have. Pumpkin flavored human goodies are usually packed with salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other items that are not pet-safe.
Fall apples are so juicy and crisp. And they’re the perfect afternoon snack to share with your dog. Sliced up plain or dipped in mouth-watering peanut butter, seedless apples help freshen your dog’s breath and it’s a fun treat. The naturally sweet flavor and crunchy goodness is something your dog will love. Apples are also high in fiber so feed sparingly to your pet to avoid stomach disruptions.
Tasty as a quick lunch or special occasion meal, turkey is a great pet treat! Serve cold or chopped up into small pieces. If using deli turkey, limit the amount your pet has as deli meats are often packed with sodium which can be harmful to pets.