Are Thanksgiving Leftovers Safe for My Dog?


During the holidays, you want your pooch to be part of the fun. Unfortunately, especially on Thanksgiving, owners tend to go a bit overboard, feeding Fido a cornucopia of (human) treats not meant for the delicate doggie digestive system.

Are You Feeding Your Dog Hazardous Foods?

These holiday treats are especially dangerous for dogs:

  • Chocolate

    Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats, and can be fatal in large amounts. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous. Smaller pets are especially at risk of overdose. All chocolate should be securely stashed and off-limits.

  • Sweets

    No amount of candy is good for your canine, as it can cause gastrointestinal distress. However, candy made with some artificial sweeteners is worse than others. Beware of candy and gum made with the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which is highly toxic and deadly to dogs.

  • Baked goods

    Baked goods contain many dangerous ingredients for pets. These include spices doggies cannot digest and yeasted products that can produce painful gas and dangerous bloating.

  • Turkey products

    Turkey is not toxic. However, the fat in turkey skin can give your pooch painful, potentially life-threatening pancreatitis. Spices can irritate your dog’s digestive tract, and seasonings such as onion and garlic can be toxic. Only skinned turkey, plain and unseasoned, cooked based on the guidance of your vet, deboned, and served in small amounts is safe for your four-legged friend.

  • Veggies & fruits

    Many fruits and vegetables that are healthy for humans are poisonous for pets, particularly onions, macadamia nuts, raisins, and grapes.

This Thanksgiving, Keep People Food Away from Pets

If you want your pet to join in on the holiday smorgasbord, make or buy special treats specially formulated for them at your area grocer or doggie delicatessen.

Dog Dine & Dash?

At the holidays, with visitors aplenty and kids galore, your canine companion could have easier access to food. Keep a wary eye. Dogs are opportunists. If you fear your pet has been poisoned, contact the ASPCA poison control and your vet immediately. Watch carefully for signs such as behavioral changes, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain. Prompt attention saves lives.

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