With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of you are probably reserving a turkey or weighing in on the debate between canned versus homemade cranberry sauce. As you’re finalizing menus and making preparations, keep in mind these 10 foods that are hazardous to pets.
1. Salty turkey skin
Your Thanksgiving turkey will be basted in many tasty herbs and spices, like sage or dill, which are bad for your dog’s tummy. The fatty skin, salty brine, and added butter aren’t very good for dogs, either. When they start throwing the puppy dog eyes, you can give those pups a tiny piece of turkey breast, though!
2. Turkey bones
When the turkey’s gone, the bones that remain are NOT a good chew toy for your dog. They are brittle choking hazards that easily splinter if chewed.
This Thanksgiving staple often contains onions, which poison dogs’ blood cells.
4. Garlic bread
Garlic is a member of the onion family (as far as dogs are concerned), so this is also bad for their blood.
5. Fruit salad
A good rule of thumb is to not feed dogs fruit with seeds or pits. These inflame doggie intestines, so no plums, peaches, or grapes. That includes raisins!
Sausage is more than meat. Sausage also contains onions, garlic, and a bunch of other ingredients we’ve already mentioned.
7. Pecan pie
Dogs shouldn’t be eating dessert anyway, but nuts can cause muscle spasms and weakness of the legs for up to 48 hours. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are the worst.
Whether wine or beer, alcohol is simply not good for dogs. Grapes and hops are both toxic to dogs, as is the alcohol itself.
9. Pumpkin or sweet potato pie
This one’s tricky. Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for dogs. But for Thanksgiving, many people add cinnamon and nutmeg to their pumpkin or sweet potato dishes, which isn’t so great for our pups.
10. Ice cream
Just like humans, some pups handle dairy just fine—others get a tummyache. It really depends on your pup.
11. Moldy foods
We’re sure you don’t intend to feed your dog moldy, rotted food. Simply keep an eye on your dog around your overflowing trashcan. Moldy foods produce harmful mycotoxins, which do severe damage to your dog’s health.