With Thanksgiving coming up, we all want to thank our dogs for being loyal and loving companions. But, giving them a seat at the Thanksgiving feast is not the best way to express your gratitude!
A lot of foods we consume on Thanksgiving Day are not safe for dogs. Knowing which foods not to feed your dog can save a life.
Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog on Thanksgiving
1. Turkey Skin
Turkey skin is high in fat and usually absorbs garlic, onion, and other spices and flavors which are bad for your dog.
Alternative Food: Turkey Meat, remove all fat, skin, and bones.
2. Cooked Turkey Bones
The cooked bones can splinter and cut a dog’s throat or stomach.
Alternative Food: Potatoes – no added salt or butter.
3. Gravy and Stuffing
A handful of the yummy ingredients that make thanksgiving stuffing are dangerous for dogs. Do you use onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, sage, or mushrooms in your gravy or stuffing recipes? All of those ingredients are toxic to dogs. The alliums (onions, garlic, leeks, and scallions) can lead to anemia. Sage causes an upset stomach and mushrooms are hard to digest.
Alternative Food: Apples
Nutmeg is commonly used in pumpkin or sweet-potato pie and has an appealing fragrance that’s attractive to humans & dogs. Nutmeg contains a compound called myristicin that is toxic to dogs. High doses of nutmeg can cause hallucinations, increased blood pressure, seizures, and abdominal pain. These symptoms can last for 48 hours. Even if only small doses are ingested, your dog will show symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea.
Alternative Food: Puréed Pumpkin without spices or additives.
While some nuts are safe for dogs, others are not. Peanuts, cooked or roasted cashews, and hazelnuts are safe for your dog to eat. However, walnuts can causes seizures and macadamia nuts are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis. Pecans and hickory nuts can cause obstructions and stomach pain. Almonds aren’t toxic to dogs, but they aren’t easy to digest and can cause gastric intestinal distress. Pistachios are high in fat, and when they are fed to your dog in large amounts, they cause pancreatitis.
Your dog doesn’t completely have to miss the meal! There are still a few Thanksgiving foods your dog can eat. You can give your dog some mashed potatoes as long as it doesn’t have butter, cheese, sour cream, onions or gravy on top. Cranberry sauce is another food you can share. Cranberries are good for dogs, but the amount of sugar added to cranberry sauce isn’t. Give only small portions of cranberry sauce. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and bananas are all safe for dogs as well.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?! DO you have any traditions? Do you have any favorite recipes to share? Comment below and start the conversation!!