We’re hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year and we would really like to share some of our meal with our much-loved dog, Bandit. Can you give us a rundown of what Thanksgiving foods would (and would not) be safe for us to share with our good boy?
Thankful for Pets in Timbergrove
Dear Thankful for Pets,
In this season of being thankful, we’re continually reminded what a gift our pets are! And, for many of us, the ultimate way to show our friends, family members and pets that we love them is to feed them well–especially during Thanksgiving. So, if you’re planning to share your table with Bandit this Thanksgiving, there are some foods that are totally safe to allow him to eat … and some that aren’t safe at all!
Don’t be a turkey. Keep these foods away from Bandit:
Turkey skin, drippings, gravy
The skin, drippings and gravy that goes along with the Thanksgiving feast is super fatty and can cause gastrointestinal upset in your dog.
Aside from the obvious danger of the twine causing a blockage in your dog’s intestines, the twine can also harbor bacteria that can make your dog sick.
Poultry bones are notorious for splintering, which might require surgery for removal from your dog’s esophagus or stomach.
Onion can damage red blood cells in dogs, which leads to anemia over time.
Raisins or grapes
Ingesting grapes and raisins can lead to renal failure in dogs. If your dog eats grapes, contact your vet immediately to avoid kidney damage.
Yeast in raw bread dough contains ethanol, which can cause alcohol poisoning in pets.
Chocolate can cause seizures and increased heart rate in dogs.
Don’t try to share your festive glass of wine or cocktail with Bandit. Alcohol is extremely dangerous to pets and should be avoided.
Foods that Bandit CAN gobble right up (in moderation):
- Sweet potatoes (but NOT candied yams)
- Apples (but NOT apple pie)
- Green beans (but NOT green bean casserole)
- Pumpkin (but NOT pumpkin pie)
- Yogurt (but NOT ice cream)
Even when sharing safe foods with your dog, do so in moderation–especially at Thanksgiving. The added stress of having extra people in the home, or traveling to another house for the holiday, might be enough to upset Bandit’s tummy. Adding insult to injury with foods that aren’t a normal part of his diet is a recipe for Thanksgiving disaster!
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