Thanksgiving is almost here, and we are getting ready for the abundance of delicious food that we will partake in. As tasty as these foods are for us, many of the foods we eat for Thanksgiving are not safe to feed our pet. Here is a list of foods NOT to feed your pet this Thanksgiving.
Salty Turkey Skin
Your Thanksgiving turkey will be basted in a number of tasty herbs and spices, like sage or dill, which are bad for your dog’s tummy. The fatty skin, added salty brine, and added butter isn’t very good for dogs either. When they start throwing the puppy dog eyes, you can give those pups a tiny piece of turkey breast though!
Just like humans, some pups handle dairy just fine– others get a tummyache. It really depends on your pup.
This Thanksgiving staple often contains onions, which poison dogs’ blood cells.
Garlic is a member of the onion family (as far as dogs are concerned), so this is also bad for their blood.
I’m sure you don’t intend to feed your dog moldy, rotted food, so what I’m really trying to say is watch your dog around your overflowing trashcan. Moldy foods produce harmful mycotoxins, which just sound scary and do serious damage to your dog’s health.
A good rule of thumb is to not feed dogs fruit with seeds or pits. These inflame doggie intestines. Yuck! So, no plums, peaches, or grapes. That includes raisins!
Sausage is more than meat. Sausage also contains, onions, garlic, and a bunch of other ingredients we’ve already mentioned.
Dogs shouldn’t be eating dessert anyway, but nuts can cause muscle spasms and weakness of the legs for up to 48 hours. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are the worst.
Whether wine or beer, alcohol is simply not good for dogs. Grapes and hops are both toxic to dogs, and so is the alcohol itself.
Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie
This one’s tricky. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for dogs. But for Thanksgiving, many people add cinnamon and nutmeg to their pumpkin or sweet potato dishes which isn’t so great for our pups.
If you suspect your pet has consumed something they should not have, contact us immediately.