We think the dogs enjoy Thanksgiving as much as we do. There are more people around which means more food to find its way to the floor! And while they may pick up a few extra snacks, there are some human treats that our pups shouldn't ever indulge in. Here are five common Thanksgiving foods that you should never give to your pup.
In our experience, stuffing or dressing recipes are as numerous and varied as breeds of dogs. Some of these recipes can include, garlic, sage, mushrooms, pepper, scallions, onions, chives and leeks. Ingesting any of these can cause anything from an upset stomach to damaging your dog’s central nervous system. To be completely safe, it's best to just keep stuffing away from the pup.
Salads with Fruit
If your pup is anything like ours, she won’t eat salad anyway. But, some salads may contain grapes or raisins, which can cause irreversible kidney damage to your pup. Like stuffing, this is a multi-ingredient food, so it can be easy to lose track of components that are potentially toxic to dogs. Best thing to do is keep the salad to yourself. The dogs will probably appreciate that, too.
Dogs with a bone are an age old stereotype, but you should never offer cooked bones to your pup. Cooked bones can splinter into sharp pieces, possibly causing lacerations or getting stuck in the digestive track. This can result in various bad outcomes, from vomiting to damaging organs. For a pup treat, it's easiest just to stick to a good old-fashioned milk bone.
On their own, potatoes are safe for your pup, but mashed potatoes often contain a lot of butter and milk, which can upset your dog’s stomach. Mashed potatoes can also sometimes include garlic or onion powder, which are even worse for dogs. So, keep the mashed potatoes on your plate, and instead give you pup just a regular old chunk of potato when you're cooking.
This one seems obvious, but might be easy to forget among the holiday reverie. Dogs love the taste and smell of chocolate, but we all know it can be deadly to pups. So keep those chocolate cakes, pies, ice creams, puddings, mousses, cheesecakes and truffles to yourself.
We hope these tips help keep your pups safe and healthy all season long. So, when your pup begs for food this Thanksgiving, be sure to show her this article. We're sure she'll understand once you explain it to her... And have a very happy holiday season with your loved ones!
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