For most of us, our dogs are part of the family. That means we share a lot with them, even our holiday meals. But when it comes to food, giving in to that sweet face and puppy dog eyes may not be what is really best for them.
For those who may not know, our friends at Petsmart shared a list of things that you should avoid feeding them.
- Cooked Bones - Cooked bones can cause serious digestive issues for your pet. PetSmart says the bones can splinter and then get lodged in their gums, throat or intestinal tract. So if you do give your dog some turkey, make sure it's boneless. You should also make sure it's well-cooked. The ASPCA says raw or under-cooked turkey can contain salmonella bacteria.
- Onions, Garlic, Scallions, Chives - These foods contain thiosulphate, whether they are raw or uncooked. The substance can damage your pets' red blood cells and cause gastrointestinal upset, breathlessness, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Gum, Mints, Candy, Baked Goods (Xylitol) - Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in many candies and baked goods that is extremely dangerous for dogs. The substance is toxic to them and could even be deadly. It can cause dangerously low blood sugar and liver damage. The ASPCA says initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Seizures are also possible.
- Chocolate - Chocolate is widely known to be a dangerous food for dogs. It contains theobromine, a substance that can cause issues like over stimulation of the heart, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures and, in extreme cases, death. Different kinds of chocolates have different levels of theobromine. Unsweetened baker's chocolate and cocoa powder are considered two of the most toxic types. According to the American Kennel Club, White chocolate is the least toxic because it has the lowest amount of theobromine. If you think your dog has eaten chocolate, you should make sure to monitor for signs of toxicity like vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, increased urination and elevated or abnormal heart rate.
- Uncooked Yeast Dough - Raw dough is toxic for dogs because, according to the ASPCA, the yeast continues to convert sugars to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. These can cause abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, disorientation and even depression in your pet. It can also trigger ethanol poisoning.
- Alcohol - Alcohol can also obviously cause ethanol poisoning in pets, which is why you should never let them have any food or drink that contains alcohol. Ethanol poisoning can lead to severe health issues like difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, central nervous depression and decreased coordination. In extreme cases, it can cause a coma or even death.
- Caffeine - Caffeine contains substances similar to those found in chocolate, and should not be given to dogs. That means coffee, soda, caffeine pills and energy drinks are all off limits. They can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, elevated heart rate, seizures and other dangerous systems.
- Macadamia Nuts - Macadamia nuts can cause severe reactions like muscular weakness, disorientation, depression, tremors and abdominal pain.
- Grapes and Raisins - Grapes and raisins can cause toxicity and major health concerns like severe gastrointestinal upset and kidney failure.
Other foods the ASPCA says you should avoid feeding to your pet include avocado, citrus, dairy, raw or under-cooked meat and eggs along with salty snack foods.
If your pet does get into any of the food this Thanksgiving or is showing any signs of illness, you should call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.