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What NOT to feed your dog on Thanksgiving

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Michele, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    1. Turkey
    The first item on our menu is the main course and the center of attention at every Thanksgiving – turkey. You might feel like giving turkey to your dog should be fine, and if you do it carefully it can be, because turkey meat itself is good for dogs.

    However, you need to avoid feeding your dog to turkey skin since it is almost always seasoned and that can be hazardous for your dog. Keeping your turkey basted in things like garlic, onion and sage can make it extremely toxic for your dog (as well as your cat, if you have a feline friend for your pooch).

    Another thing to look out for is salmonella, which is a real threat if you feed your dog some undercooked meat, or raw meat. Beware of cooked bones as well, since they can break in your dog’s throat or mouth and choke him to death. Raw bones are fine for your dog, but cooked bones are dangerous, always remember that.

    You can feed your dog with some small pieces of white turkey meat, since their stomach will not have issues with lean meat. However, avoid giving them drumsticks or any other red meat from your holiday turkey since fat foods can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

    2. Stuffing and Gravy
    [​IMG]Where there is turkey, there are also gravy and stuffing. Both of these things can cause harm to your dogs and you should avoid feeding him with them.

    Most of the ingredients that go into stuffing and gravy – like onions, sage, garlic, mushrooms, leeks, peppers, chives and scallions – are toxic for dogs. For example, onions contain thiosulphate, which can cause damage to red blood cells. Sage can upset your dog’s stomach and could even harm his nervous system.

    3. Green Bean Casserole
    Green beans are a very healthy vegetable for your dog and you should definitely include it in his Thanksgiving feast. They are a good source of vitamins and fibers while also being really low in calories, which makes them a perfect thing to give to your pooch.

    However, if you made a green beans casserole, don’t give that to your dog! It has probably been seasoned or even includes mushroom soup or onions, which are not good for your dog.

    4. Cranberry Sauce

    [​IMG]Even though cranberries themselves are not harmful to your dog, and are even a very common ingredient in many dog foods, they can be bad for your pooch when fed in cranberry sauce. Cranberries are good because they can help your dog with urinary tract infections and are full of numerous healthy vitamins.

    However, cranberry sauce is not healthy, because it is full of sugar or fructose from corn syrup. Just check the label and you will see for yourself. Even the homemade sauce is usually full of sugar, and it might even include other harmful ingredients, like nuts or raisins.

    5. Bread or Cookie Dough
    Eating raw bread or cookie dough is not good for humans either, but for dogs it can be really harmful. This is one of the most important foods to note on this list of what not to feed your dogs on Thanksgiving. They often include raw eggs, which is a shortstop on the way to getting salmonella.

    Also, if your pooch eats the dough, he will most likely have serious abdominal bloating that can be very painful and lead to vomiting. The reason lies in the well-known feature of any dough type that rises when it gets warm. If that happens inside the stomach of your dog, it's going to result in a trip to the vet.

    6. Fruit Salads
    You can feed your dog certain fruits, but there are some fruits that should be avoided. So, if you made the fruit salad yourself and you know that you didn’t include grapes or raisins, for example, then it might be fine to give it to your dog.

    Grapes can cause pretty serious kidney problems for dogs, which can sometimes even be fatal. Also, avoid the nuts as well if you make the fruit salad that you wish to share with your dog, especially if you are not sure which nuts are fine and which not.

    7. Macadamia Nuts, Walnuts and Pecans
    [​IMG]There are certain nuts that are fine for your dog if you give them to him in moderate amounts. Otherwise, since they contain a lot of fats, feeding your dog any nut in excessive amounts can cause problems. However, some nuts do make the list of what not to feed your dogs on Thanksgiving because they are especially toxic to pets.

    On the other hand, walnuts and macadamia nuts are definitely not fine. Macadamia nutscan cause lethargy, vomiting and other neurological symptoms, while walnuts can cause gastric issues and might even cause seizures if they contain mycotoxins.
  2. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Raw turkey necks are good right? What about salmonella?
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

  4. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    As long as it's fresh, hasn't been left out, it should be fine. I've met many raw feeders use turkey and chicken necks as a staple. My dog gets all the giblets and I haven't had an issue.
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

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  6. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    All my crew, dog and felines are getting all the giblets. Cannot wait to actually prepare food for me and then at the same time. I normally don't do that. Just bc the raw we get is not always human grade.
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  7. pitbullsareteddies

    pitbullsareteddies Big Dog Premium Member

    How the heck do you guys make the giblet gravy without the giblets?!? LOL
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I put them in my stuffing.

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