Thanksgiving is a time of thankfulness, laughter and love which we share with friends and family. If your family includes a pup, make sure they eat only safe and healthy food this Thanksgiving. You and your guests must keep the following notes in mind to ensure the safety of your dogs.
- Turkey skin
Although turkey skin is delicious to your dog, it is a high fat food that could be hazardous to your dog’s health. It is difficult to digest because it holds oil, butter, spices, and marinades. High fat foods can cause pancreatitis. Symptoms include abdominal pain, lethargy, and vomiting.
- Cooked bones
Cooked ham and turkey bones are dangerous for your dog. If they splinter in its digestive tract, you will have to visit the emergency room, which is something you do not want to do during the holiday, of course. Bones should be disposed carefully so that your puppy does not tempt to eat them.
- Onion and garlic
They can lead to anemia because they contain sulfides. Whether onion and garlic are cooked or not, they are toxic to dogs.
Although most dogs like the taste of beer, you should not let them share it with you. Alcohol is toxic to dogs, and in some sever cases it has caused death.
- Macadamia nuts and walnuts
Macadamia nuts and walnuts are very dangerous for dogs and can lead them to a deadly shock. Within 12 hours of eating, dogs could show symptoms of macadamia nuts toxicosis, which includes vomiting, fever, elevated heart rate, weakness, and inability to stand.
Pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes are good foods for your dog, but make sure they do not contain nutmeg. Nutmeg used to spice pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes can cause your dog seizures and nervous system problems if ingested; it can even cause death in extreme cases.
Sage is not safe for dogs because it contains essential oils that can cause your dog stomach pain. It is better to keep this herb out of your dog’s reach.
- Butter, Chocolate, and dough
Butter, Chocolate, and dough can cause severe pain in a dog’s stomach. If you bake, you better keep your pup out of the kitchen and clean up any spills immediately.
Certainly, if your dog ingested any harmful or toxic substance, take it to the veterinarian right away.
Share this article with friends and family, those notes may help them keeping their dogs safe from unexpected poisoning during Thanksgiving.