It’s a general rule of thumb that we shouldn’t give our table scraps to our furry friends, no matter what kind of sweet look they’re giving us. Still, it’s good to be aware of what foods in particular are hazardous to them. Check out our list of 11 Thanksgiving foods that are harmful to pets.
1. Salty Turkey Skin
Your Thanksgiving turkey will be basted in several 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 aren’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!
2. Turkey Bones
When the turkey’s gone, the bones that remain are NOT a good chew toy for your dog. They are brittle choking hazards that easily splinter if chewed.
This Thanksgiving staple often contains onions, which poison dogs’ blood cells.
4. Garlic Bread
Garlic is a member of the onion family (as far as dogs are concerned), so this is also bad for their blood.
Sausage is more than meat. Sausage also contains onions, garlic, and a bunch of other ingredients we’ve already mentioned.
6. Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie
This one’s tricky. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are suitable 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.
7. Pecan Pie
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.
8. Fruit Salad
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!
9. Ice Cream
Just like humans, some pups handle dairy just fine while others get a tummyache. It depends on your pup.
10. Moldy Foods
We’re sure you don’t intend to feed your dog moldy, rotted food, so what we’re trying to say is watch your dog around your overflowing trashcan. Moldy foods produce harmful mycotoxins, which sound scary and do severe damage to your dog’s health.
Whether wine or beer, alcohol is not suitable for dogs. Grapes and hops are both toxic to dogs, and so is the alcohol itself.
If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your pet safe during the holiday season, contact us. We at Rice Village Animal Hospital wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!