It’s the best food holiday of the year (at least in our opinion!) here in the US this week, and that means that EVERYONE in your family is likely to overindulge, at least a little. And when we’re pampering our families with delicious home-cooking, it’s tempting to pamper our pets as well. Most traditional Thanksgiving foods are safe in moderation, but you should be cautious about these five things!
Raisins & grapes
Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs, and exactly how much is unsafe for any given dog is impossible to determine. Cooked bones Raw bones are okay, but when bones (especially poultry bones) are cooked, the heat causes a change in the way protein molecules interlock, so that bone splinters into longer, sharper pieces than raw bone. These can cause blockages or worse, and should never be fed.
Chocolate isn’t necessarily part of everyone’s Thanksgiving dessert plans (we have chocolate pecan pie and it’s THE BEST), but it’s obviously a big NO for dogs. The compound theobromine is found in chocolate can cause heart failure in dogs.
Anything with artificial sweeteners
Xylitol is the culprit here, and it causes dogs’ blood sugar to drop precipitously and dangerously even in very small amounts. While most items using artificial sweeteners are labeled with which sweetener is used, not all are, and xylitol is sneaking into some unlikely foods, so be cautious!
Beer and wine (and alcohol infused desserts) are another area where it’s difficult to tell how much will effect an iindividual dog, but some dogs can react very strongly to even a small amount. Be safe, and avoid letting your dog party too much.
Some foods are strongly not recommended but generally okay in very tiny amounts. Table scraps (or any major dietary change) shouldn’t be more than 10% of a dog’s normal diet on any given day (or the first day, if you’re changing to a new diet). For a husky-sized dog, this probably means that a spoonful of turkey and stuffing and a roll is probably just fine; for a pom it may mean a single tiny piece of turkey. Pomskies can vary so much in size that it’s difficult to say ‘how much’ is safe, so the very best plan is to be sensible and be safe- and be ready to call your vet on Friday if you need to!
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