For those of us dog-lovers, it only takes one glance from those puppy dog eyes, and we are compelled to share our delicious “human food.”
We love our dogs and our dogs love food.
While there are many foods this time of year that are safe and healthy to share with your dog, there are also many that are extremely toxic for our fur-kids.
1. Cooked Bones. Cooked Turkey and Ham bones are very dangerous for dogs. They can splinter in their digestive tract and cause serious if not lethal injury. Throw bones away in a closed trash can where you pup won’t be able to get to them.
2. Onions and Garlic. Onions and Garlic both contain sulfides. For dogs, these are very toxic and can cause anemia. Cooking onions and garlic does NOT reduce their toxicity. Be aware of all the recipes that call for these, see below for a few examples.
3. Turkey Skin. Fatty foods can be very hard for your dog to digest and your dog’s pancreas can become inflamed and even lead to pancreatitis.
4. Stuffing/Dressing. Whatever you call it, don’t share it with Fido! Thanksgiving dressing is often made with onions, scallions or garlic. These ingredients are extremely toxic to dogs and cats!
5. Natural Sweeteners like Xylitol. This natural sweetener is commonly used in diet or low-carb alternatives. It can be found in toothpaste, gum, sodas, peanut butter, and many other items. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs. Always check the labels when you buy new products. While the product is great for humans, we don’t bring any products with xylitol into our home.
6. Grapes or Raisins. Fruit salads or raisin bread are a common side dish at Thanksgiving. Grapes and Raisins can lead to fatal kidney problems for dogs. Even just a few can be very harmful.
7. Nuts. Walnuts and Macadamia nuts are very toxic for dogs. Within 12 hours of eating them, dogs can have a reaction called “macadamia nut toxicosis” causing vomiting, tremors, fever and elevated heart rate that can lead to deadly shock.
8. Nutmeg. Nutmeg is commonly used in pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes and eggnog around this time of year. Nutmeg can cause seizures and central nervous system problems for your dog. While sweet potatoes and pumpkin are both good for your dog (in moderation) make sure there is no nutmeg on them before you share!
9. Sage. The smell of sage reminds me of Thanksgiving. It is super common in fall/ winter recipes but can give your dog a really bad stomach ache.
10. Dough. Dough is often left on the counter top to rise. This is very dangerous and needs to be kept in a safe location. Dogs can eat the dough, and have serious problems if the dough rises in their stomachs. Many dogs die every year from this. Please keep your rising dough in a place that they cannot reach.
Now that we have covered what your dog cannot snack on this Thanksgiving, here is a list of foods you CAN share with your FurKid this holiday season!
Always research every time you give your dog something new. Some dogs may have other allergies or sensitivities, so always try new foods in small amounts first. If you feel your dog has eaten something toxic call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 or contact your local vet or animal hospital.
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