It’s Thanksgiving Day in Minnesota, and families will gather to celebrate the holiday with tables full of delicious treats.
When it comes to family, many of us include our dogs as part of the tribe. So when we enjoy the annual fiesta, we wondered if sharing turkey with our pups is good for their health. It looks like it will be fine.
According to the American Kennel Club, the answer is yes – Nor.
Turkey isn’t toxic to dogs, and it actually has many health benefits, but much of what ends up on the Thanksgiving table — including turkey made for people, may not be the best choice for our dogs.
We brush our birds with butter and oils and season with salt, pepper, herbs and spices. Fill it with stuffing, onions, garlic, and more herbs. For us, that’s delicious. For our dogs, it’s a recipe for annoying digestive upset at best, and pancreatitis at worst.
AKC: How to safely feed turkey to your dog
- Skip the skin. All of these fats and spices are dangerous for dogs. The fat content can cause pancreatitis, and the seasoning can irritate a dog’s stomach.
- Make sure you only feed your dog turkey meat. Onions are toxic to dogs, and garlic is potentially toxic in large quantities.
- Feed your dog only small amounts of turkey, and talk to your vet about adding food scraps to your dog’s diet, especially if your dog has a pre-existing health condition, such as diabetes.
- Make sure there are no bones in the meat you feed your dog.
The final word on the topic from the American Kennel Club:
Yes, you can safely feed your dog turkeyAs long as you follow these instructions. However, feeding dogs table scraps on a regular basis can lead to obesity, which causes a host of problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, joint stress and hip dysplasia.
See: Here are 30 Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs
To prepare yourself for any potential accident, always keep your vet’s phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic that you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline that you can call (888) 426-4435 for advice.
Even with all of these resources, the best treatment for food poisoning is to prevent it in the first place. To give you an idea of what foods can be dangerous to humans, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there is any surprise for you.
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