Thanksgiving is a time to be together with the people you love, share a meal, and celebrate life. If your household is anything like mine, and I’m sure it is, there will be a lot of activity going on in the kitchen and all types of foods being prepared.
And while it’s tempting to share these meals with your pup, you need to know that some of them may be hazardous to your dog’s health. We put up a list to simplify things a bit.
- Salty Turkey Skin – The various herbs and spices you used to baste your turkey are still on the skin and once ingested, they can cause stomach upsets. If you are to give your dog a piece of the turkey, the breast will do.
- Turkey Bones – They are soft and once chewed, they can turn to small sharp choking hazards for your dog.
- Stuffing – It contains onions which when consumed in excess can cause Hemolytic Anemia which damages the red blood cells.
- Garlic Bread – Garlic is an allium which puts it in the same class as onions.
- Fruit Salad – This is especially dangerous if it contains grapes. Grape poisoning has been known to lead to death for dogs.
- Sausages – What makes sausages dangerous for dogs are the onions, garlic, and other ingredients that are used to spice it up.
- Pecan Pie – Pecan and every other type of nuts are never to be consumed by dogs. They can cause gastric intestinal issues or blockages in the digestive tract. Worse still, if a nut has mold then it may contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which may trigger seizures.
- Alcohol – Keep your dog off the booze.
- Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie – Both Pumpkin and sweet potato are okay for dogs but not when they contain nutmeg as is usually the case with Thanksgiving pies.
- Ice cream – This one is tricky because some dogs are okay eating ice cream. However, if the ice cream contains xylitol don’t feed it to the dog even if it usually eats ice cream.
- Coffee – Unlike chocolate, dogs can take a few sips of coffee and they will still be fine. Nevertheless, watch out for coffee grounds or tea bags – They are especially dangerous to small dogs.
So keep your dogs safe and away from these common Thanksgiving items!