I know we all love our fur-babies and want them to be part of the family….however, we must remember there are many human foods that will harm our little ones. Thanksgiving is a time for turkey, families to get together, give thanks, eat amazing food and then pass out in front of the TV watching football….Right!?! It’s also a great time for our clever little fur-babies to sneak off with the trimmings.  While tossing your kiddos a carrot or even a piece of cooked turkey here and there, won’t be too harmful, some other Thanksgiving foods are bad for them and could land them in the animal ER.

10 Thanksgiving Foods Which Are Dangerous for Your Fur-Baby

According to the veterinarian experts you should NOT give your fur-baby the following 10 foods on Thanksgiving….or any other day, for that matter.

1. Bones – “It seems counterintuitive, but bones are bad for dogs. Carmela Stamper, DVM, a veterinarian in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said, “Bones are unsafe, no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery or even death. Make sure you throw out bones from your own meals in a way that your dog can’t get to them.”

2. Raw or undercooked turkey – Turkey Day’s main dish is dangerous for one reason: salmonella bacteria. Even though you may believe your dog’s stomach is iron-clad, it’s not.

3. Turkey skin – Seems harmless enough, right? It’s just the skin. But fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest. Your dog’s pancreas can even become inflamed, resulting in pancreatitis, a very serious disease. Turkey skin isn’t good for you, either, so it’s best to throw it away and make more room for the mashed potatoes and gravy.

4. Dough and cake batter – It may sound like an urban legend, but the combination of raw dough and your dog’s body heat can actually cause the dough to rise inside his stomach. This will make your dog vomit while suffering severe abdominal pain and bloating. Not to mention that the batter used in cakes and pies has raw eggs, which could contain salmonella bacteria. If you’re making a cake or pie, make sure your dog is not in the kitchen, and clean up any scraps or droppings that hit the floor right away.

5. Beer – Some dogs love beer, but this doesn’t mean you should share a cold one with your dog. It can really do a number on your dog’s stomach. Depending on how much he consumes, the hops can cause your dog to have a fever, rapid heartbeat, seizures and liver damage. It can even be lethal.

6. Macadamia nuts – These nuts in particular are very bad for your dog. In fact, they could cause a reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. The symptoms range from lethargy and vomiting to your dog being unable to stand up.

7. Mushrooms – Fungi are good for you, but bad for your dog. Should your dog ingest mushrooms, you can expect a slew of unwelcome symptoms that could become quite severe, including vomiting, seizures, coma and possibly death.

8. Onions and garlic – These two culprits are always on the list of foods your dog should not eat, and for very good reason: they can make your dog very sick. Both onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs and can cause the destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia.

9. Sage – This multi-purpose herb is used in countless recipes and for cleansing a new home, but for dogs, sage is bad. It contains essential oils and resins that can upset a dog’s stomach and do a number on his central nervous system.

10. Nutmeg – Nutmeg is a sneaky spice. Found in sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin pie and most desserts, nutmeg has mild hallucinogenic properties that, when ingested by your dog, can cause seizures, tremors and central nervous system problems. Note that both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for your dog; just make sure no nutmeg is on them before you share them.”

And, don’t forget about my personal favorite food…that is very bad for fur-babies Chocolate.  It’s not on the list because it should never..ever be feed to your fur-babies.  It can actually kill them. 

The best way to keep your fur-baby safe this Thanksgiving is to have plenty of doggie and kitty food on hand….don’t forget about the Beggin Strips though.  If you are going to have more than the usually people at your home this Thanksgiving, ask them not to feed your fur-baby human food.  It’s never a bad idea to give your little one a long walk before guests arrive…a tired fur-baby will sleep while the humans are cooking and eating…maybe. 


Bobbi Pack is a contributing writer for MilitaryOneClick.  Bobbi has over ten years experience in marketing and broadcast as well as a BA from Ottawa University and an MSM from Baker University.  Bobbi has many years experience being a military spouse and loves to share her experiences, challenges and highlights with other military spouses.

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