Thanksgiving is a great time of year because it is a time when many of us strive to gather with friends and family to give thanks for our blessings and to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company … not to mention sharing that fabulous food!
If you’re enjoying a turkey dinner over the holidays, don’t forget your dog can join in, too! There is nothing wrong with feeding your dog the giblets (neck, liver and heart) at parties when you have a turkey! When you remove them from the bird, thaw them as usual, in a bowl, and then feed them to your dog outside or in a cage. Never defrost in the microwave, as this destroys the meat’s natural enzymes and always thoroughly disinfect all surfaces that have been in contact with raw meat.
Organ meat is great for dogs as an occasional treat because it is packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. However, it does have a lot of vitamin A, which can be harmful to dogs if ingested for an extended period of time, so to avoid an overdose, limit your intake to no more than once a week or once a month. .
I must say that whenever my family has a turkey dinner, we never forget to feed the dog the giblets. She loves it and raw turkey bones are a great way to clean her teeth too! Remember that all giblets must be fed completely raw and should never be cooked. Cooking will make bones sharp, splintered and dangerous and detract from the nutritional value of food, so remember: ALWAYS RAW, your dog will thank you!