I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only a few days away. With all of the holiday celebrations, we tend to forget that many things we enjoy are dangerous to our dogs. Even if we don’t directly feed them these snacks, mischief is bound to ensue 😉 Here are a few things to make sure your dog avoids this Thanksgiving.
- Alcohol. This one should be a no brainer. Alcohol has the same effect on dogs that it has on people. However, it takes a much smaller amount to do damage to our furry friends. The smaller the dog, the higher the risk.
- Onions/Garlic. These are staple ingredients of so many Thanksgiving recipes, so it is important to be mindful of what you share with your dog. Onions and garlic destroy a dog’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
- Grapes/Raisins. With all of the fruit dishes and fancy stuffing recipes, there’s bound to be a grape or a raisin somewhere in your dinner. Both can cause kidney damage in dogs and it only takes a small amount to make your dog seriously ill.
- Fat. The fat trimmed from your Thanksgiving turkey can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
- Bones. Cooked bones are extremely dangerous to give to dogs. Not only are they a choking hazard, but the bone can splinter and cause an obstruction or laceration.
- Bread dough. Watch out for those counter surfers while you’re letting your bread rise. Just like it does on the counter, bread will expand in your dog’s abdomen which causes severe pain. Fermented yeast also produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.
- Chocolate. Most of us are aware that chocolate is bad for dogs, but a little reminder never hurts! Dark chocolate is the most toxic, but even white chocolate has enough theobromine to be harmful.
With all these restrictions, I bet you are wondering what you can actually give your dog as a tasty snack! Our pals over at PetPlan have made a handy list of Thanksgiving treats for both dogs and cats! I’m going to have to update my grocery list to ensure I can make some of these for the fluffies.