Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday! Along with spending time with loved ones and relaxing, there’s plenty of food-related activities. Thanksgiving dinner is a meal many look forward to all year! But some of the most popular Thanksgiving dishes can actually pose serious risks to your dog!
Here’s a brief list of foods your dog can’t have this Thanksgiving.
Onions and garlic common ingredients in many savory Thanksgiving dishes. It’s best to avoid sharing items that use either.
- TURKEY SKIN/COOKED BONES
Turkey skin is very fatty which can lead to indigestion in dogs. It is also usually seasoned with ingredients that are toxic to dogs. It’s also smart to avoid getting raw or uncooked meat to your pets to prevent salmonella.
Sage is often found in savory Thanksgiving plates. But large quantities can upset your dog’s stomach and even cause damage to their nervous system.
Nutmeg can cause serious damage to your pet’s digestive tract. It’s often used in sweeter dishes, like pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole.
- CRANBERRY SAUCE
While plain cranberries are okay for dogs to eat, cranberry sauce can be overloaded with sugars and high frutose corn syrup which is not safe for dogs. It can also contain other ingredients, such as raisins or nuts, that are toxic to dogs.
The raw eggs found in most batters and dough can cause salmonella. Dough can also rise in your dog’s stomach after consumption and cause painful abdominal bloating.
- CORN COBS
Corn cobs should be avoided. They do not break down during digestion and often are too large for dogs to pass safely. However, corn without the cob is safe for dogs.
Chocolate may not be a common Thanksgiving ingredient but it’s wise to be on the lookout for any desserts or dishes that contain it. Chocolate is especially toxic to dogs and can do serious damage to their wellbeing.
Extremely rich gravy should be avoided as it can cause pancreatisis. If you decide to give your dog gravy, be sure to reduce the fat and sodium content as much as possible. Low sodium chicken broth can also be an alternative to gravy.
Along with walnuts, pecans and macadamia nuts should also be avoided. Walnuts can cause gastric issues and even seizures in dogs.
Alcohol should be seriously avoided! Fruity cocktails can also sometimes contain the sweetner xylitol which is poisionous to dogs.