Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Hannukah, the holiday season is always full of food. While we are enjoying our feasts, our four-legged friends are sitting beside us, begging for a piece. We want our English bulldogs to join in on the fun, but we also want to keep them safe during the holidays. As such, it’s important to know which foods your dog can enjoy safely, and which they need to avoid.
Holiday Human Foods That Are Harmful for Dogs
Before we get into what your English bulldog can eat, it’s important to cover what they can’t eat. As a general rule, seasonings, spices, and other ingredients that add flavor to a dish can be harmful to your dog. This includes onions, salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic. Raisins and baked goods should also be kept out of reach, as well as ham.
Holiday Human Foods That Are Safe for Dogs
While there are many foods that are harmful for dogs, there are also just as many that are perfectly safe. Here is a quick list:
- Turkey: The star of the show for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, turkey is perfectly safe for our pups to eat. Give your dog white meat instead of dark, and make sure there are no bones left in the meat.
- Chicken: In addition to turkey, chicken is also perfectly safe for our dogs. Once again, you’ll want to choose white meat over dark and get rid of any bones.
- Carrots: Dogs love carrots. They can eat them raw or cooked without any issues.
- Green Beans: Whether raw, steamed, or canned, green beans are a great option for our four-legged friends.
- Cranberries: We don’t often think of giving our pets fruit, but cranberries are perfectly safe for our dogs. Just make sure you keep sugary cranberry sauces out of reach.
- White & Sweet Potatoes: Dogs can eat both white and sweet potatoes. They can eat them mashed or cooked, just make sure there isn’t any salt, pepper, garlic, milk, or butter added to them beforehand.
- Pumpkin: You shouldn’t give your dog a slice of your pumpkin pie (it has far too much sugar), but you can give them canned pumpkins as a special treat.