The biggest source of dog accidents in Thanksgiving time is due to food poisoning and statistics show that during holidays the number of dogs that get food poisoning jumps through the roof. Sharing your Thanksgiving dinner with your pup can be a nice way to show appreciation, but if you want to do this, you need to be aware which food is good for your dog and which is not.
It is always best to prepare special treats and dinner for your canine friend, but you can also feed him some of the traditional Thanksgiving food if you are careful. First, if you want to feed your dog Thanksgiving turkey, you should only give him white, lean meat. Avoid giving him red meat and especially turkey skin since it is probably spiced and seasoned.
Another thing to be careful of are cooked bones, since they present a choking hazard for dogs. Even if your dog swallows a cooked bone without problems, they can also poke holes in his stomach lining and cause serious digestive problems. Also, avoid feeding your dog with raw turkey, because it can contain salmonella.
Don’t feed your dog gravy or stuffing, and avoid giving them anything that has been seasoned or has a lot of sugar, like green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, cranberry or apple sauce, sweet potato pie, etc. All these vegetables and fruits are fine if you give them raw or steamed plainly – apples, cranberry, pumpkin, green beans, sweet potato – Do not give them anything with nuts, grapes and raisins.
Avoid chocolate, onions, fatty foods and sugar as well as bread and cookie dough for your dog.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday, a time to enjoy our family and friends and reflect on all the things we are grateful for, including our wonderful pets that bring us so much joy throughout the year. Let us make this a happy and safe Holiday for them as well.