Thanksgiving Dangers for Dogs


Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and before you start prepping for the big meal, here’s a reminder about some of the Thanksgiving Day dangers for your dog. 

Some dangers may be common knowledge, and others simply common sense but don’t assume that every guest you welcome into your home is aware of the same. 

  • Turkey Skin-high fat foods such as turkey skin contain various fats and juices that are difficult for dogs to digest. Think of all the time you spent injecting and basting your turkey with spices, butter and oil!
  • Cooked Bones-Even cooked bones can splinter in your dogs digestive tract. Although they smell tasty, do yourself and your dog a favor and don’t give your dog a bone. Likewise, make sure your garbage is secure or you’ll find out what the old saying “like a dog with a bone” really means!
  • Onions and Garlic-the sulfides in onions and garlic are toxic to dogs, so use caution when chopping and cooking these popular ingredients.
  • Alcohol-Although your frothy beverage may be tempting to your dog, don’t let them indulge. The legal drinking age for dogs is NEVER! Alcohol is toxic to dogs and can even cause death.
  • Nuts-Did you know that Macadamia nuts and Walnuts are toxic to dogs? toxicosis can occur within 12 hours and can cause vomiting, tremors, fever and elevated heart rate.
  • Nutmeg-this popular holiday spice can cause central nervous system issues in dogs and can even cause death. Be sure sweet potatoes and pumpkin don’t contain any of this popular holiday spice.
  • Chocolate, Dough and Batter-Looking for a baking assistant? Don’t let it be your dog! Dough can rise inside of your dogs stomach and can bloat. Even cookie dough with no chocolate still contains raw eggs, which may contain Salmonella.
  • Sage-This herb contains oils that can cause stomach upset, so keep this leafy green out of your dogs bowl.

Keep an eye on your pets and most of all, inform your people. Newcomers to your home might not have the same resistance to those puppy dog eyes begging from under the table. But that moment of weakness could cost your dog his life. 

Even foods that are “dog friendly” can cause your dog upset stomach since it’s a change in their normal diet so think carefully before you spare an extra piece of turkey from your plate!


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