5 Thanksgiving Day Foods That Will Harm Your Dog

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Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays around. Family surrounds the table and good food is pilled everywhere in site. While eating that delicious meal, it might be hard to resist those big puppy dog eyes that keep following your every move. Sometimes you have to resist the temptation!

It’s okay to fix your dog a plate of his own in celebration of the day, but here are 5 Thanksgiving Day foods to avoid since they tend to be harmful for your pooch:

  1. Cooked Bones – no matter if it’s turkey or ham – are not safe or good for your dog. Dispose of any cooked bones carefully because when a dog chews on a cooked bone, it can splinter and cause some real problems for your pooch. Raw bones, however, are fine.
  2. Turkey Skin – the way it’s typically cooked at Thanksgiving – is probably something you want to avoid giving Fido. All of the grease, butter, oil and spices might not sit well with you dog. Who wants to be cleaning up vomit or having a dog suffering with abdominal pain after such a wonderful meal.
  3. Nutmeg is an extremely popular spice this time of year and it is a spice you shouldn’t be giving your canine companion. Nutmeg actually can cause central nervous system problems, seizures or even death in large quantities. Pumpkin isn’t necessarily bad for dogs in moderation, but nutmeg is toxic.
  4. Sweets aren’t great for dogs. Everyone already knows that chocolate is harmful for dogs, but it isn’t the only sweet that will bring trouble. Cake batter, dough and pie are all treats that can cause issues depending on what’s in them. White chocolate is actually okay for dogs to consume, but they’d honestly rather have a piece of turkey.
  5. Onions are typically plentiful in Thanksgiving meal dishes. Toxicity can occur whether you use fresh onions, cooked onions, or even dried or powdered forms of onions that are often in recipes. Garlic, leeks, scallions, and chives are also in this same toxic family of plants (allium). These foods tend to cause damage to your dog’s red blood cells

Be sure to keep these five foods away from your furry friend, and stick with sharing dishes like apples, broccoli, sweet potatoes and carrots (so long as they’re not covered in some buttery garlic and onion drizzle.

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).

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