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Thanksgiving Foods You Shouldn’t Give Your Dog

As Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, you’re likely confirming plans and planning your holiday menu. With so many delicious dishes that are famous this time of year, it’s time for indulging. While you might be tempted to share some with your loyal dog, there are a few foods that are not safe for your four-legged counterparts. Rather than let your dog tempt you with his puppy eyes while at the dinner table, give him an entertaining and interactive dog toy with pet-safe treats this Thanksgiving. 

Foods to avoid giving your dog.

This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s important to avoid feeding your beloved pet these foods this Thanksgiving.

  • Turkey bones: According to Pet’s Best, bones can cause severe indigestion in dogs and cats, potentially causing vomiting and obstructing the bowel. Bones may also splinter and cause damage to the inside of the stomach and intestines. In some cases, turkey bones may even puncture through the stomach and cause a potentially fatal abdominal infection. 
  • Grapes and raisins: This is a tiny ingredient, but they have the potential to cause kidney failure in dogs. Keep any foods with raisins in them away from your pet.
  • Stuffing/Dressing: A Thanksgiving staple, this is served at most tables across America. However, garlic and onion are two key ingredients in this dish, which are highly toxic to dogs.
  • Mashed potatoes: Potatoes are safe for dogs, but the addition of milk, cream, and butter increases their chances of gastrointestinal upset. 
  • Chocolate: If your menu includes any dessert with chocolate in it, keep it away from your dog. This is one of the most toxic things for dogs, and the darker the chocolate, the riskier it is. 

If your dog happens to ingest any of these ingredients, contact your vet immediately. It’s best to let your guests know that while they might love your dog just as much as you do, feeding them scraps from the table at Thanksgiving can have detrimental consequences. 

Rather than let your dog beg and increase the potential for getting sick this Thanksgiving, opt to give him or her a dog-friendly toy to keep them entertained during dinner. You can choose what type of treat goes into the ball and they can stay busy and get treats at the same time. Taking note of these foods to avoid will ensure you and your loved ones have a stress-free holiday this year.


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