Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

16 Nov 2011 | Written by Freshpet
Thanksgiving is a time for getting together with family, being grateful for all of life's blessings, and eating wonderful foods. It's also a time for our dogs to sneak off with the holiday scraps. While it's ok to toss your dog a piece of turkey here and there, there are potential hazards of giving your dog popular Thanksgiving foods. Check out this list below that we found on I Love Dogs of 10 foods you should avoid feeding your dog on Thanksgiving, and any other day for that matter. 1. Natural Bones: It seems counter-intuitive, we know, but natural bones are bad for dogs. Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, said, “Bones are unsafe, no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery or even death. Make sure you throw out bones from your own meals in a way that your dog can’t get to them.” 2. Raw or undercooked turkey: One reason: salmonella bacteria. You can get sick from handling raw food, and even though you may believe your dog’s stomach is iron-clad – it’s not. 3. Turkey skin: Seems harmless enough, right? It’s just the skin. But, as puts it, “High-fat foods, such as turkey skin and gravy, can be hazardous to your dog. Since the skin is hard to digest, it can lead to pancreatitis (symptoms are vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move and abdominal pain).” The skin isn’t good for you either, so it’s best to throw it away and make more room for the mashed potatoes and gravy. 4. Dough and cake batter: It may sound like an urban legend, but the combination of raw dough and your dog’s body heat can actually cause the dough to rise inside his stomach. This can result in vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating. Not to mention that the batter used in cakes and pies has raw eggs, which could contain salmonella bacteria. If you’re making a cake or pie, make sure your dog is not in the kitchen and, clean up any scraps or droppings that hit the floor right away. 5. Beer: Dogs love beer – but this doesn’t mean you should share a cold one with your dog. Beer can really do a number on your dog’s stomach. Alcohol, especially the hops in beer, can be particularly harmful to dogs, causing intoxication, panting, fever, racing heart, liver damage, even coma, seizures and death. 6. Walnuts and macadamia nuts: These two nuts in particular are very bad for your dog. In fact, they could cause a toxic reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. says, “Within twelve hours of eating the nuts, dogs can start to develop symptoms such as an inability to stand, ataxia (walking wobbly), depression, vomiting, muscle tremors, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), weakness and an elevated heart rate. Usually the symptoms go away within 48 hours but the weakness, vomiting and fear can lead to dangerous, and sometimes deadly, shock.” 7. Mushrooms: Fungi are good for you, but bad for your dog. Should your dog ingest mushrooms, you can expect a slew of unwelcome symptoms that could become quite severe. Mushrooms can damage a number of internal organs, including kidneys, liver and the central nervous system. If your dog eats mushrooms, you can expect seizures, coma, vomiting and possibly death. 8. Onions: This is always on the list of foods your dog should not eat and for very good reason. They make your dog sick, period. Here’s why: Onions contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs and can cause the destruction of red blood cells leading to Heinz body anemia. 9. Sage: This multi-purpose herb is used in countless recipes and for cleansing a new home, but to a dog, sage is bad. It contains essential oils and resins that can upset a dog’s stomach and do a number on his central nervous system. 10. Nutmeg: Nutmeg is a sneaky spice. Found in pumpkin pie and most desserts, nutmeg has mild hallucinogenic properties that when ingested by your dog can cause, “seizures, tremors and central nervous system problems. In severe cases, shock and death have been reported,” according to Note that both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for your dog; just make sure no nutmeg is on them before you share them with your dog. Source: I Love Dogs

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