Fall is finally here and with it comes pumpkin spice lattes, fresh cinnamon donuts, and piles of auburn leaves for dogs to jump in. Sharing delicious fall treats is a great way to celebrate the season with your dog, but only when done safely. We’ve done the research so that you don’t have to worry!
Fall Foods That Dogs Can Eat
Pumpkin – There’s nothing more fall-esque than pumpkin, and pumpkin is great for dogs! Full of fiber for digestive health and an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron, pumpkins will keep your dog’s tail wagging all season long. That’s why we use it in our nutritious, crunchy pumpkin biscuits!
Sweet potatoes / yams – Sweet potatoes might be small in size, but they are mighty in health benefits for dogs. High in fiber and rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, sweet potatoes also provide dogs with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, B Vitamins, Potassium, and Beta Carotene. Long story short -- dogs can (and should) eat sweet potatoes!
Natural peanut butter – Peanut butter is not only fun to give your dog by freezing in toys or putting on their roof of their mouth – it can also help keep their coat shiny. High in protein, amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, and niacin, peanut butter can keep your dog entertained and healthy for a long time!
Turkey – Turkey is delicious for both dogs and humans, and it’s rich in B vitamins, particularly pantothenic acid, which helps regulate blood sugar. Additionally, it’s stuffed full (like a turkey!) with Zinc, helpful for coat health and digestion.
Cranberries – Cranberries are rich in nutrients and vitamins, including A, B1, B2, and C. They also help promote a healthy urinary tract. If too tart for your dog, try cooking them down and mixing them into their typical food – or top off their kibble with our nutritious, cranberry-filled meal topper.
Red Delicious Apples – Apples are high in antioxidants and fiber, plus they give your dog the same juice, fresh feeling that you enjoy when biting into an apple! However, make sure your dog doesn’t get any seeds – see below for why.
Fall Foods That Dogs Can’t Eat
Pumpkin-flavored sweets – Just because dogs can eat pumpkin doesn’t mean that they should eat leftover pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, or pumpkin-flavored goodies at the patch. Dogs’ stomachs may not be able to handle preservatives or sugar substitutes, which are commonly found in flavored or sweetened items that you’ll find during the fall.
Peanut butter with preservatives – Before giving your dog peanut butter from the grocery store, ensure that you check the label for preservatives. Peanut butter that isn’t all-natural may include xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be toxic to dogs.
Turkey bones – Turkey bones can be dangerous for dogs and should never be given to them to chew or eat. Due to the texture of turkey bones – unlike bones that you may find in the pet store – they can splinter in your dog’s mouth or body, which can cause serious damage.
Apple seeds – Apple seeds are toxic for dogs, as they contain a small amount of cyanide. While your dog is likely going to be okay if they accidentally swallow one or two seeds, it’s highly recommended that they don’t eat seeds at all.
At Portland Pet Food Company, we understand the desire to bring your dog in on the fun fall festivities, including the yummy treats that go hand-in-hand with the season. That’s why we came out with two fall foods just for your dog: Grain & Gluten Free Pumpkin Treats and Grandma Ada’s Turkey & Yams Homestyle Holiday Dog Feast. By giving these to your dog, you can celebrate fall alongside them without wondering if what you’re giving your pooch is safe or not. For those who act like its fall all year long, subscribe for regular delivery and save!