Dog Thanksgiving: The Good, The Bad and The Dangerous Foods for Your Pet

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2014 1:19:00 PM




Happy Thanksgiving from SitStay

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. The family coming together, the football...ok who are we kidding, the food!! And at SitStay, we and our amazing customers treat our dogs like part of the family, because they are. So we want to make sure our dogs have a delicious and more importantly a safe Thanksgiving.

Every year all over America, hopeful dogs are hoping to get some of those yummy Thanksgiving table scraps or handouts. From turkey to cranberries and everything in between it's important to know what you can and cannot give your dog.

We've put together a list of the most popular items that make up the good, the bad and the dangerous items for your dog at Thanksgiving. We've also added healthy alternatives that we recommend more than these items. 

You want to make sure a great day isn't turned into a visit to an emergency vet clinic.

The Bad and Dangerous Dog Foods and Hazards at Thanksgiving:



A good rule of thumb is to not give the dog anything from the table. It's important to be careful because anything out of their ordinary diet can trigger dangerous gastrointestinal infections (GI) or pancreatitis. Fatty foods, the heart of any of traditional Thanksgiving meal can specifically trigger pancreatitis. Be aware of your dog. If they are vomiting, acting lethargic and / or experiencing abdominal pain could signal that there may be a problem.

Try Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner instead



Turkey skin is a high fatty food, and as previously stated could cause problems. But turkey skin is also dangerous because it can absorb spices, marinade, butter and oils that can also lead to pancreatitis. Keep turkey skin out of your dog's Thanksgiving diet.

Try Love Bird's Chicken and Turkey Jerky instead



Cooked or Uncooked, all poultry bones (chicken and turkey) are especially dangerous to dogs. Poultry bones can splinter and cause all sorts of extremely dangerous problems. Not only can they splinter and puncture the intestines or stomach, but they also can cause obstructions in the intestine which will mean that your dog will need emergency surgery. Surgery is a best case, a bone can splinter and block the airway causing death. It's imperative to dispose of your bones safely and appropriately.

Try Jones Natural Bones instead



Ever heard of "Macadamia Nut Toxosis"? Its a condition dogs can get when they eat macadamia nuts or walnuts, causing them to be unable to stand and inducing vomiting, tremors, fever, weakness and an elevated heart rate. This condition usually goes away but can lead to shock and even death. Keep dogs away from all nuts.

Try Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Buddy Biscuits instead



You'll hear that sweet potatoes or pumpkin are OK to serve your dog. But, stay far away if they are spiced with nutmeg. Nutmeg can cause a dog central nervous problems, seizures and in some cases can even cause death. If you're using this spice don't let your dog near the foods that contain nutmeg.

Try Pumpkin Patch Vegan Treats instead



Dough can actually rise in your dogs stomach! Yikes. This can obviously cause abdominal pain. But dough can also contain raw eggs, which can contain harmful Salmonella. This is the same reason why you should not egg raw dough either.

Try Holiday Soft and Chewy Buddy Biscuits instead



While white turkey meat can be ok, the net that turkeys come wrapped in can cause trouble to your dog. Obviously you're not going to serve your dog a turkey net but if a dog gets into the trash they can ingest the netting which can cause an obstruction or blockage which can lead to surgery.

Try the Buster Cube to keep them busy



As we just described, the trashcan can be a real danger. Full of good smells (to a dog) they can explore the trash can and get in it. If they get into the trash we will have no idea what he or she may have consumed while we're busy cooking or entertaining.

Use the IQ Treat Ball to keep them busy



It's best just to keep your dog out of the kitchen. While we're running around trying to cook a million dishes, the dog may accidently get tangled in our feet and trip up the cook. A little stumble can spill hot grease or other hot dishes and leave a nasty burn on the dog and on us. Even if the food doesn't land on the pet directly, the dog is able to quickly scarf up the piping hot food and burn his mouth. If possible, keep the dog out of the kitchen.

Use the Orbee-Tuff Mazee Ball to keep them busy



Family in and out of the house all day long can create quite a commotion, something different that what the dogs may be used to. If your dog has the kind of personality that they can get agitated with such craziness, do them a favor and find her a quiet place for her to be, so she doesn't get too scared.

Try the Thundershirt to keep your dog calm

Ok, enough of bad news...let's move on to the good fun stuff for your dog's Thanksgiving. 


The Good Dog Thanksgiving: 


Don't let the “sweet” label fool you. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, vitamins and carotenoids and are actually healthier than regular potatoes. If you want to share sweet potatoes with your dog, set some aside without any salt or butter on them. Sweet potatoes are good as long as they ARE PLAIN. We already reported that nutmeg is bad, but do not serve sweet potatoes with sugar and butter either. Plain sweet potatoes should be the only option for your dog. You can share a small can of sweet potatoes with your pup and give them their own version of Thanksgiving.

Try Plato EOS Turkey and Sweet Potato Treats



Turkey has always been the main event of the Thanksgiving meal. Your dog can eat some lean, cooked white meat, just try not to go overboard. Keep them away from the fattier dark meat which can cause dangerous pancreatitis. 

Try Nature Variety's Turkey Stew



Fresh, raw carrots have always been an ideal snack for dogs. Dogs love the sweet taste and carrots are loaded with vitamins, fiber and potassium. Carrots can even be good for your dog’s dental health. They aid in removing plaque from teeth and help keep your pooch's breath fresh. Offer them served raw, before you add any butter or salt. 

Try Sam's Yams Hoppin Good Carrot Cruchies



Low in calories, raw green beans make another great healthy snack for your dog. Green beans are loaded with nutritious vitamins, minerals and fiber. Like carrots, offer them raw before they find their way into a green-bean casserole. 

Try Wet Noses Peas and Carrots Dog Treats



Full of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, cranberries are great for dogs. In addition, they’re well-known for helping maintain healthy urinary tracts. On Thanksgiving, if you’re making cranberry sauce from scratch with fresh fruit, feel free to share. But Note: Do not give the canned cranberry sauce and jellied cranberry sauce to your dog, they are full of sugar and should not be given to pets.

Try Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats


Pumpkin is good for dogs to eat not only because it’s low in calories and bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber, but also because it helps with a dog’s digestion. Pumpkin is great if your dog is suffering from an upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation. If you’re using canned pumpkin for your pie, though, it’s better not to share it with your family dog. The processed stuff isn’t healthy for dogs like fresh pumpkin is.

Try Plato EOS Turkey and Pumpkin Dog Treats



Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber and vitamins, and they also boast cancer-fighting properties that can benefit your dog. You can feed brussels sprouts to your pet as a snack raw or cooked, but make sure it does not contain salt, butter or any other dressing. Also Note: Offer them in moderation, too many brussels sprouts can lead to diarrhea.

Try Dynamo Dog Pumpkin and Ginger Dog Treats


That should be a big enough list to keep your dog both happy and safe at Thanksgiving. Be sure to sign up for our Good Dog Newsletter and get an instant discount! 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our amazing customers and their dogs!


Topics: Mealtime

Addiction Dog Food Speaks for Itself

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 17, 2014 8:30:00 PM


If dogs could talk, they would probably tell you that Addiction dog food is rightfully named. With an ever growing selection of pet food for both dogs and cats, Addiction Pet Foods has plenty to offer your pets. Its extensive product line for dogs features dry foods, raw dehydrated foods, canned foods, and of course, treats, and has dogs everywhere begging for more.

Addiction Pet Foods is quickly becoming a global leader in premium pet food products. The company prides itself on using the highest quality of natural ingredients. Founded in 2002 by a forward-thinking veterinary surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Addiction set out to transform the pet food industry. After realizing just how lacking in nourishment many everyday pet foods were, the founder of Addiction sought to create wholesome pet food packed with nutritional benefits to enhance the health and well-being of our beloved pets.

With this mindset, product integrity and food safety have always been Addiction’s top priority. The company stands by the ideal that pet food is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. That’s why the company has made research and development so important, employing a team of experienced food technologists and nutritionists.

On top of that, Addiction strives to use its resources responsibly. With a manufacturing facility located in New Zealand, Addiction adheres to the highest of manufacturing standards. Because of its location, the brand is able to find the majority of its quality raw ingredients from New Zealand and Australia, where the food safety standards are extremely high. The pages of success stories on the Addiction dog food website speak to the quality of this brand.

With its premium products, Addiction dog food is an excellent choice for any dog, but for dogs with allergies to beef or chicken, meats commonly found in dog foods, Addiction offers a solution. With unique ingredients such as venison, kangaroo, lamb, rabbit, and salmon, along with grain-free options, Addiction dog food offers a healthy choice for dogs with food allergies. Check out the Addiction dog food line at today!

Topics: Mealtime, What's in The Bag?

Holiday "No, no's" for Fido

Posted by sitstaydogs

Dec 12, 2013 10:39:34 AM


Food around the holidays is the FIRST thing on everyone's mind. A very close second on your mind should be food safety! Especially when your four-legged family members have joined the party.

Animal Planet offers a great article on foods to be wary of feeding Fido! A few we thought you needed to be especially careful when in the full swing of the holidays are:
  • Raw meat or meat with bones--choking hazard and possible contamination/bacteria (* We suggest when buying chews opt for bones not rawhide, but bones specially dried and approved for doggy consumption! Try a few HERE that we absolutely love!

  • Alcohol, although this one may seem like a no brainer, spiked holiday cheer should be spread to all, except for puppies *also those 2-legged friends that are not legal age! It is very digestion for them to consume alcohol.

  • Yeasts and doughs: be especially wary when baking! You shouldn’t be licking the spoon and Spot definitely shouldn’t be either! Keep them out of Paws way
The American Veterinary Medicine Association also offers some helpful tips to follow during the holidays!
  • Secure trees and holiday decor. Sharp and heavy objects DON’T want to be falling on your pooch..and dangerous objects are clearly the most fun looking ones to play with!

  • Be careful of open fires and candles..those tails are flammable, especially on low tables and fireplaces.
  • Keep Holiday plants away--Holly and Mistletoe are dangerous to dogs health *call the vet if ingested

Offer Alternatives to your pooch, instead of just "NO, NO, NO". Here is an awesome idea for a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party that is safe for pups, OR a great recipe for Meaty Holiday Feast Puppy Chow. If your thinkin cap is really on you could take this Meaty Holiday Feast Puppy Chow to the Cookie Exchange ;)

Here at SitStay we truly want the best, safest, & yummiest holiday season & new year for YOU and your Good Dog!! As always, we would never offer a product or information that we wouldn’t give to our own pets!

From the SitStay Family,

Happy Holidays


Topics: Mealtime, Holiday

Beef. It's What's For Fido's Dinner

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 5, 2013 9:22:41 AM


Being from the midwest, the SitStay team can usually say, “BEEF, It’s what’s for dinner”, but we also think you should be saying that to your favorite pooch, whether for their nightly supper or a quick snack.

Beef has gotten a little bit of a bad rep as the “fatty, red meat, villian” and we couldn’t disagree more!! Clearly, where and how you get you and your pup’s food is very important, and one of the largest factors as to whether it is good quality or not.

Beef has a lot of great qualities, and these are what you should be aware of:

  • Where are products sourced from? (*not just beef..everything)

    • Here at SitStay many of our products are made, manufactured and sourced from the USA. What is great about this country is the safety guidelines and restrictions that are placed on livestock and ingredients. When sourced from other places you can run the risk of lowering the standards of quality--clearly this is not always the case, but it’s always easier to know for sure how good a product is if you can see directly the farm it came from!

  • Why beef for canines?

    • Clearly, protein and iron. There is no better source of protein and iron, both are essential in building and maintaining strong muscles! The iron is important to transport oxygen to the muscles, and keep them from fatiguing---to insure both you and Fido stay off the couch!

    • Phosphorous: Necessary for formation and maintenance of strong teeth and bones! Also, involved in Vitamin B utilization.

    • Vitamin B: (examples include: Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, riboflavin, and niacin) that are all important in energy utilization, metabolism, and maintaining strength and vitality.

    • Potassium: proven to reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, and can make sure that your pooches heart is pumping as well as it can!

There are many beef treats and food varieties out there, so just remember that beef is a great protein that your dog (and you) can benefit greatly from. Try looking for the leaner cuts, or companies that are focused on ingredient quality! I hope BEEF is what’s for dinner tonight!

Topics: Mealtime, What's in The Bag?

Ingredients, Ingredients, Dog Food Ingredients

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 4, 2013 9:28:00 AM


One of the biggest topics on the food seen right now (especially with scares and recalls) is about particular ingredients. It is so important to be an informed and aware consumer, especially when it comes to your four-legged best friend! So here are a few helpful tips when looking to buy and compare products:

1) Made/manufactured in the USA
Although this is a GREAT place to start, it does not always mean that the ingredients are from the USA. It does however mean that the treats, toys, food, what have you, is assembled, baked, processed, packaged, etc. in the United States. This is great! Now on to the next step:

2) Bred, sourced from, farmed from USA
This is money! This means that the ingredients are also from the USA. Sometimes companies DO make or manufacture their products in the US, but their ingredients are sourced from another country (China or any other high export country). This can cause some concern on product quality. Not always, but the regulations on how animals and products are treated are different from each country, so here at SitStay we find it best to try to find products thats ingredients are from the US. Now on to the next checkbox:

3) Organic, all-natural, local, grass-fed
These are awesome signs that this product is of the best quality. It means that these animals or ingredients weren’t given additives, hormones, or bred in immoral ways (factory farms..that’s a whole different blog post and soap box). It also means that the company cares to sometimes go the extra step or pay more for better quality ingredients, which is great for you and your pooch!!

Other things to be aware of:

4) Grain free, gluten free, NO additives or fillers
Although these each mean a slightly different thing, but each are good news. Especially the no additives or fillers--for a long time companies were adding only a flavoring of the main protein and then filling the majority of the product with corn or wheat to bulk it up and cut costs! Thank goodness so many companies are straying away from this protocol. But, as the consumer it is still important to look at the ingredients list. On the list, the first ingredient comprises the biggest percentage of the product, and then lesser ingredients are listed in descending order. So, if you want a chicken treat make sure chicken is the first listed, not different types of flours and compounds, and THEN chicken--because that means chicken is merely an aromatic or flavor booster.

So, please just take these helpful tips when shopping for you or your pooch!! And always go with your gut, but be aware that fancy packaging is not always the best indicator! Do some research, look at the fine print!


Topics: Mealtime, Treats

A Case for Kongs

Posted by sitstaydogs

Jul 22, 2013 4:45:00 PM


If every dog in the world could be given one toy, I think the Kong would be the way to go. A Kong toy is shaped somewhat like a rounded rubber pyramid with a hollow center. Kongs have three chewing “levels” – red for beginners, black for tough chewers, and blue Kongs, which are the toughest level and are available only through veterinarians because they are radio opaque (which means they will show up on an x-ray if the dog swallows them). There are also special, softer Kongs made for puppies or senior dogs. These Kong toys have a marbled appearance, with white mixed into the pink, blue, or purple color.

Kong toys are extremely durable, which means they can go from the microwave to the freezer to the dishwasher and back again without breaking down. They stand up well to almost every dog, provided you choose the right size and hardness level for your dog’s tenacity of chewing. Kong toys bounce erratically when thrown and provide a great chew toy.

The thing that puts a Kong toy head & tails above the competition, though, is their hollow center. Kong toys can be stuffed with an amazing variety of food items. This is a great source for mental exercise! For dogs who are left home alone all day, consider throwing out your dog’s food bowl & feeding solely from Kong toys.

There are certainly other brands of toys that resemble Kongs available, but the Kong is the “original” toy and is the one that seems to work best for most dogs. There is one Kong knock-off on the market which may be of interest to some people though, and that is the “Squirrel Dude” toy manufactured by Premier/PetSafe. This tough purple toy (yes, it resembles a squirrel) improves on the Kong design by adding four small rubber prongs which line the inside of the toy’s hole. These prongs make it much harder to get food back out of a Squirrel Dude toy once you’ve stuffed it in. A Squirrel Dude toy is not for a beginner to puzzle stuffing, but can provide a nice challenge to dogs for whom a Kong toy no longer gives any challenge. The Squirrel Dude toys can be further customized by lopping off one or more of the rubber prongs with a sharp pair of scissors, so that you can adjust the toy’s level of difficulty.

To clean your dog’s Kongs out, use the cleaning brushes that can be used for baby bottles, or just scrub around inside the opening with your fingers. Kongs are dishwasher safe, but be warned that tightly lodged food can easily sneak through an entire dishwashing cycle. Make sure your dog’s Kongs are cleaned regularly to prevent food from spoiling.

In the next newsletter we’ll discuss Kong stuffing options, as well as other games to play with these toys.

Do you use Kong toys for your dog? Please share your favorite Kong stuffing recipes, games, or other tips and tricks on SitStay's Facebook page!


Topics: Mealtime, Playtime, Treats, Uncategorized

Dog Food Recalls Suck

Posted by sitstaydogs

Jun 23, 2013 3:05:00 PM


Dog Food Recalls Suck. SitStay Makes it Suck Less.

The recent dog food recalls prompted us to share an insider view of the heart of our operation - high quality products for good dogs.

As an online retailer, and partner in your pet’s lifestyle, we have deemed it our responsibility to discover and deliver pet products to your door that add health and happiness to your home.  And, for us, that includes much more than putting product images and descriptions on our website. Our products are stored and cared for inside our doorstep before sending it to yours. This operational difference makes SitStay unique from many other online sites that offer you products from their desktop instead of their warehouse. It also gives us agility when challenges, like dog food recalls surface.

When we heard about the recall of California Natural, we relied on our tight knit relationships with the industry’s dog food manufacturers and our trustworthy suppliers to grab an understanding of what we can do for pet owners and four-legged foodies who were impacted. Although it wasn’t a product we carry, it’s our duty to take action.

SitStay added a very comparable diet - Tuscan Natural. With a 3-star Dog Food Advisor rating, Tuscan Natural has many benefits we find most noteworthy:

    • single carbohydrate source

    • limited ingredient food; less allergens

    • contains extra virgin olive oil; known to lower risks of cancer

    • great success with sensitive tummies

Tuscan Natural is now available at, don’t hesitate to give us a shout for additional information on a successful transition.

Dog food is the most important element of your dog’s nutritional intake. Here are a few pointers to keep top of mind when choosing a diet for your good dog.


Outline dog's food diet profile. Here's a great starter:
        • Life-stage

        • Protein range (don’t get stuck on 1%)

        • Ailments (as identified by your vet)

        • Life-stage

        • Activity Level

More isn’t Better. Better is Better. (stars or dollars)


Dog food marketers are good! Which means you have to be a GREAT parent - make the same choices your Fido would make if he were buying. (wait, can you imagine what would happen if we let them loose in the SitStay treat deli with your credit card ... sales projections:))

Be Good.
Team SitStay


Topics: Mealtime

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