Holiday Turkey & Fixings

Deb D’Andrea, Nederland.  The thrill of leftovers throughout the holiday season tempts even the most well behaved to counter surf and indulge in tasty morsels that are at nose level. The glorious golden brown turkey as it exits the oven fills the house with amazing smells that a human’s nose barely detects compared to a dog’s. Mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, stuffing, macaroni & cheese, and all the fixings round out the complete olfaction experience.

Ahhh, but what’s a dog to do? Can they join their humans in indulging in this miracle of food? To a certain extent, the answer is yes. For the turkey, it’s all about the meat, only the meat and organs; no skin or excess fat as that can wreak havoc on their digestive system and make them very sick. If your dog eats raw they can have the raw neck; but never cooked bones and there’s some sneaky slender spiky bones hiding in turkey legs and wings. When deboning any bird, I’m extra careful to go through the meat ensuring there are no bones remaining. I’ll take a leg, toss it in the crock pot with water and let it cook on low overnight to create great fresh broth and meat for the Girls to enjoy.

When making other fixings, like mashed potatoes or yams, set aside some without all the butter, cheese, sour cream, marshmallows or whatever your favorite addition is, as in and of themselves mashed potatoes or yams are fine for dogs to consume. My Girls love yams and even squash soup. Green beans are another favorite around my house, but the Girls get those, along with fresh carrots, year-round. Again, the green beans are great for your pup minus any additional salt, onion sticks or other toppings.

Keep in mind that sugar replacement chemicals like xylitol are incredibly toxic to dogs.

So, as you’re preparing for the holiday dinners or going through leftovers, keep your pup in mind for any leftovers they may also enjoy. Please try to remember this season can be stressful for them as not only are they tempted by so many amazing smells and dropped nuggets; but it can be stressful on them with the parade of people coming and going in the weeks to come.

Till next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will visit your home or vet’s office to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2017 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order.  For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email:

Deb D'Andrea

Deb D’Andrea a columnist for The Mountain-Ear. She is the founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz which provides mobile Canine Massage, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services. Her home-made dog treats are sold at local stores, and 4TheLuvOfDogz K9Birthday Cakes are available direct. Deb Petz Nanny’s for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc. Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email. Online: 4TheLuvOfDogz