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Give Pumpkin, Not Pumpkin Pie

Pet Health and Safety  •   Lacey Miller  •   Nov 23, 2015


When the holidays roll around, it’s easy to forget that our pets aren’t actually our children, and shouldn’t be sitting at (or near!) the kids’ table devouring a Thanksgiving feast with the rest of us.

Most of the year, we treat our precious pets like people…from sleeping in the bed to sneaking them some leftovers after dinner; let’s face it, our pets are more human than ever before! But remember, they have very different digestive systems than we do and something as simple as nutmeg in sweet potatoes can do real harm.

When you think about your Thanksgiving menu, remember, humans LOVE spices! We love to flavor things up with the usual suspects such as garlic and onions. It’s in the turkey dressing, potatoes, green bean casserole, and most everything my family makes. But both garlic and onions are considered toxic for dogs. Cooked or uncooked, neither is safe so before you put down your plate so your pup can enjoy “cleaning the dishes’, consider the ingredients in each dish. The emergency vet is not where you want to be on Thanksgiving Day.

Things to avoid giving your dog this Thanksgiving:

  1. Turkey skin (remember all of those spices!)
  2. Cooked bones (these can splinter and cause terrible problems)
  3. Onions and garlic
  4. Grapes/Raisins
  5. Alcohol
  6. Nuts (walnuts and macadamia nuts are specifically toxic)
  7. Nutmeg (can cause seizures)
  8. Sage (tends to lead to upset stomach)
  9. Chocolate of any kind

What can we scoop into their usual meal that is a healthy treat?

  1. Give them sweet potatoes or pumpkin before those become mashes or pie.
  2. Throw some green beans in their bowl before the casserole.
  3. Apples are always a welcome treat before they become your dessert.

Also, don’t forget, some of your favorite dog foods brands are all ready to go for the holidays, so grab Thanksgiving Day Dinner in a can! Brands like Merrick have a great option! Check your local dog food store and see what you can treat your pup to this Thanksgiving!



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