What Not to Feed Your Dog on Thanksgiving
If your dog likes to beg at the table as much as mine, you might be tempted to give Rover a treat from the Thanksgiving dinner table. That would almost certainly be a bad idea.
There are several things you can do to make sure your dog doesn’t get sick over the Thanksgiving, according to USA Today.
High-fat foods common to Thanksgiving can cause upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea and worse in dogs. Turkey bones can do serious damage and are potentially fatal.
Resist the urge to slip food to your dog because you're in a festive mood. A bite or two of plain turkey is fine, but place it in the dog bowl so you don’t encourage begging.
Turkey skin is off limits for dogs. The high fat content could trigger pancreatitis, brought on when the pancreas struggles to produce the enzymes necessary to break down food. That means all fatty foods should be kept far from dogs.
If you want your dog to have a treat, prepare a small helping of the giblets, including the gizzard, liver and heart.
Sweets are off limits as well, particularly chocolate, which can be poisonous. While a large dog (50 pounds or heavier) will be fine sneaking a couple of bites, smaller dogs (10 pounds) could be harmed by an ounce or two.
Here are other potentially dangerous foods on the Thanksgiving table:
- Grapes and raisins contain something (it has yet to be pinpointed) that may cause kidney damage.
- Nuts have a high fat content that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.
- Salty snacks may cause excessive thirst and urination. A dog that eats too many could suffer from sodium ion poisoning.
- Garlic, onions and chives irritate canine stomachs.
SOURCE: USA Today