Thanksgiving Tips For You and Your Dog!
Keeping a close eye on your dog during the Thanksgiving meal, or even allowing them to relax safely in another room, is a good rule of thumb for the holidays. Keeping this list in mind during prep and actual mealtime will make everything run smoothly, and keep your furbaby safe and happy!
We wanted to everyone to be aware that Thanksgiving can not be such a happy place for you dog if things go wrong. So we put together a guide of what to do and what not too do on Turkey day. We only put the four most important in the video so it did’t run so long but put the other four in the article below.
List Of Foods That Are Harmful To Your Dog:
1. Onions And Garlic
Another set of popular Thanksgiving ingredients, onions and garlic, are dangerous for your dog to get ahold of. All members of the onion family contain compounds that can damage your dog’s red blood cells if ingested. Garlic tends to be more toxic than onions, however both can lead to anemia if injested in sufficient quantities, and contrary to popular belief, cooking them does not lower their toxicity.
2. Baking Essentials: Chocolate, Dough, And Batter
Keeping your dog out of the kitchen while you prepare those delicious Thanksgiving desserts is a smart idea. Even small amounts of chocolate can harm them, and dough can actually rise inside of their bellies, which causes stomach pain for your precious pooch. Spare batter contains uncooked eggs, which are always a risk for Salmonella, something both you and your dog will want to avoid.
Most dogs love the taste of alcohol, but no type of alcohol is good for them. Even small amounts of alcohol, especially beer, can cause life threatening toxicity. The hops in beer can cause an elevated body temperature, racing heart, vomiting, and sometimes even death in dogs. Resist the urge to share your adult beverage with your dog, and you will avoid unnecessary suffering and illness.
Sweet potatoes and pumpkin, in appropriate doses, are a healthy treat for your dog. But you will want to take special precautions and make sure that neither of those have nutmeg on them before feeding. Nutmeg can cause seizures if your dog consumes it alone or as an ingredient in sweet potatoes or pumpkin, and in extreme cases can even lead to death.
5. Cooked Bones
Many may think that giving your dog the bone from the turkey or ham is an excellent way to include them in the holiday meal, but cooked bones prove to be more dangerous than they are delicious. Cooked bones could splinter inside your dog’s digestive tract and cause major internal problems. Avoid leaving cooked bones anywhere near your dog’s reach, and quickly dispose of any leftovers after the meal to avoid a costly trip to the vet and an unpleasant experience for your dog.
Holiday staples – macadamia nuts and walnuts – are especially dangerous for dogs to consume. They can cause a toxic reaction within 12 hours of injesting them, which consists of vomiting, an inability to stand, and tremors. Symptoms usually go away, but it can sometimes lead to deadly shock.
This popular holiday seasoning tastes delicious in stuffing and on the turkey, but it actually contains essential oils that are dangerous for your dog and can cause indigestion and an upset stomach.
8. Turkey Skin
Turkey is a staple at almost every Thanksgiving feast. But did you know that foods high in fat, like the turkey skin, can actually be very harmful for your pooch? The skin holds onto all of the butter, spices, marinades, and oils that were used to cook the turkey and is very hard for your dog to digest. Sometimes, injesting high fat foods can lead to pancreatitis. It’s best to resist the urge to let your dog eat the turkey scraps that get left behind after carving, even though they may have a dynamite begging face.
Creating Bad Behavior Habits On Turkey Day For Your Dog:
We found the best thing to do is when everyone is eating just put your dog in nice quiet room by themselves. This can prevent major issues like you family mistakingly feeding your dog a turkey bone because of sad dog puppy eyes. Every year we just put our dogs up in a room with in there crates and give them an amazing chew toy so they are not bored.