Sharing food from the traditional Thanksgiving feast is not a way to show gratitude for your dog. Traditional Thanksgiving foods can make your dog sick and in extreme cases lead to death. Particular items to definitely avoid include:
Turkey Bones: This is the most dangerous item to a dog on Thanksgiving than a turkey bone. Because these bones are so tiny bones they can easily become lodged in their throat which leads to choking or vomiting. Even worse, these tiny bones can pierce internal organs once ingested.
Turkey Skin: The problem of feeding turkey skin to a dog comes from the skin being rubbed down with all types of spices: onion, garlic, and sage, to list a few. Spices can cause extreme bellyache and stomach issues for your dog. If you insist on sharing something from the feast, a small piece of SKINLESS white meat will suffice.
Pies: The danger of feeding a bit of pie to a dog comes from the nutmeg and cinnamon and sugar (typically found in pumpkin and sweet potato pie). Vomiting, liver disease, seizures and neurological disorders can be caused in a dogs who have eaten pie. Keep pies out of the dogs reach on counters and tables also
Cranberry sauce: The main ingredient not good for dogs at any time in this side dish is sugar.
Mashed potatoes: When butter, garlic, onion and milk, and all the extra delicacies are added to the potatoes and then a serving is shared with the dog, be ready for an upset stomach. Onions are deadly for dogs. In rare cases this can be toxic if eaten a large amount is consumed by your dog.
Fruit salad: Besides excess natural sugar in fruits, the hidden ingredients such as raisin, grapes and nuts is a deadly combination which cause major kidney problems in dogs.
Nuts: Macadamia nuts and walnuts are the most dangerous for dogs, leading to vomiting, neurological conditions and seizures.
Green Bean Casserole: Dairy cause upset stomachs in dog, hence the cream of mushroom soup contains dairy so this is not an option as a treat for a dog.
Stuffing: The issue with stuffing and dogs is all the spices added to this traditional dish. Garlic, chives, sage, and onion are one toxic combination for dogs.
Uncooked Carbohydrates: When making breads or homemade pastas it unlikely a dog would be fed raw dough, but take caution to keep the raw ingredients out of a dog’s reach. Salmonella is caused by raw eggs and ingesting uncooked bread dough can actually rise in a dog’s stomach.
To keep it simple, human food is for humans. Dogs love food. Make sure what they enjoy is what’s been best for them. Don’t feed scraps or treats from the table. Keep treats to a minimum. Just as overweight humans suffer disease and maladies, so do dogs. Good dog food, exercise, love and attention are what to share with your four-legged friends Thanksgiving. If a dog accidently eats something it should, contract a veterinarian, emergency animal clinic or call the Pet Poison Hotline at 800-213-6680.
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