Keeping your Dog Healthy During Thanksgiving

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

They may beg. They may get mad. They may even give you that sad puppy face. But if you're enjoying Thanksgiving with your dog, veterinarians like Jennifer Johnson said keep them away from the Thanksgiving leftovers.

"They don't have the ability to digest the turkey and the mash potatoes and the yams, and the stuff we want to give them and share with them, and so what ends up happening is a day or two later their sick with an upset stomach," said Dr. Johnson.

And that could land your dog with an unpleasant trip to the vet, but your dog's feeling sick isn't the only down side.

"More importantly, it teaches them to beg, everybody complains that hey my dog begs, well they beg because they've been rewarding for that behavior, so by keeping them to their dog food, their not as likely to be in there under your feet," explained Dr. Johnson.

But some owners say you can't help but spoil your dog around the holidays.

"The St. Bernard is always looking at the food, so my dad just kind of gives him a little bit, and you almost think that every once in a while it doesn't hurt to give them over the table food," said Christina Pacheco, who's family owns dogs.

And while doctors said it does hurt your dog, there are some things you can do instead.

"If you want spoil them, if you want to do something like that, than stick with dog treats that's outside their normal, but still not people food."

Doctor Johnson also said they see a lot of dog owners the weekend or the Monday after Thanksgiving with all kinds of problems because they fed them leftovers. They said if you stick with the dog treats and not the people food, it will be a lot easier on both the dog and your wallet.