Thanksgiving foods to avoid giving to your dog: Experts share what’s safe, toxic this holiday season

Holidays often coincide with families gathering together around the dinner table, sharing large amounts of food. The dogs are usually not far from the festivities as their noises nest by the table and target anyone who might give them a piece of turkey or a scoop of mashed potatoes.

However, not everything on this holiday list is safe for dogs.

Experts at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton have shared important tips on MassLive that every dog ​​owner and their guests should know this holiday season.

“Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and shouldn’t have any sudden changes in food that might lead to vomiting or loose stools,” the Cummings school said. “If your dog does not have any medical conditions, he can get up to 10% of his daily calories from treats including some human foods.”

What foods are safe for dogs on Thanksgiving?

Experts at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have shared what dogs can eat and should avoid this holiday season.

Foods to avoid

  • Loads of treats of any kind – yes, they may be dog food, but during the holidays, guests and owners can be plenty in the season of giving.
  • Cooking strings – Turkey or roast turkey strings are not good for humans and dogs should also avoid them. Teriyaki sticks should also be avoided.
  • High-fat foods – These include fatty meats and meat or vegetables cooked in oil. Cheese and ice cream can also cause vomiting or pancreatitis.
  • Turkey leather
  • Raw meat, bones, or eggs – These foods can contain bacteria that are dangerous for dogs.
  • Chocolate – one of the most well-known foods that dogs should avoid. It can be toxic, causing everything from an upset stomach to seizures and possibly death.
  • Xylitol Sugar Substitute – It is highly toxic to dogs and can cause severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and/or acute liver failure and even death.
  • Bones of any kind (raw or cooked) – While dogs love to chew, they can cause a blockage in the intestines or damage to the teeth.
  • Raisins and grapes – these can damage your dog’s kidneys.
  • Garlic and onions – These foods can cause problems with your red blood cells.
  • macadamia nuts

good in moderation

  • A small amount of cooked turkey breast.
  • Small carrots, raw or cooked.
  • Green beans, plain, raw or cooked.
  • Pumpkin puree but not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Chopped or plain apples, but avoid the pulp.
  • Banana, orange, strawberry, berries and melon.

Additional Tips

  • The Cummings School advises dog owners to speak with their guests before eating to discuss what dogs can and cannot have. It is best to talk with young children about what food dogs can eat.
  • All trash cans and waste receptacles should be rechecked for tightness. Dogs can be experts at getting to places/things they are not supposed to.

If an owner suspects their pet has ingested something that may be toxic, they should call their vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 42-4435.

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