Especially on a holiday, it’s hard to resist giving your dog a few scraps off the table. But unfortunately, these treats may be dangerous to your dog. While we know you have the best intentions, many fall and Thanksgiving favorites are harmful to dogs and therefore shouldn’t be shared with them, even in small amounts.
What to Know About Sharing Food with Your Dog
Foods To Keep Away from Your Dog
Nearly every pet parent knows the dangers of giving their dog chocolate, sweets, and nuts, but there are other surprising foods that can be harmful or even poisonous to your four-legged friends. Keep your dog safe by never giving them:
- Garlic and onions. These are staple seasonings around the holidays, but they can lead to anemia in dogs if ingested regularly.
- Grapes. Though the exact reason isn’t yet known, grapes have been found to cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Sweet desserts. Even if they don’t include chocolate, many desserts contain artificial sweeteners, which dogs also can’t have.
- Turkey meat and ham. Dogs and bones tend to go hand in hand, but that’s not the case here. Poultry bones are very brittle and can cause mouth injuries, chipped teeth, choking, and constipation if your dog chews on them.
Safe Foods to Share
Humans aren’t the only ones who like to indulge over the holidays. If you feel bad watching your dog enjoy the same dry food they had yesterday, give him a few bites or licks of*:
- Boiled or baked potatoes. Just make sure there isn’t any butter, salt, pepper, or sour cream on them.
- Apples. Be sure to cut around the core, since large amounts of apple seeds can be toxic.
- Green beans. Filled with plant fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and K, plain green beans can be a healthy break from your pup’s normal diet.
- Pumpkins. Great for digestive health and a dog’s coat, pumpkin is typically a healthy snack (so long as it’s not spiced).
Remember to always consult a veterinarian before changing or adding to your dog’s diet. Some breeds have specific dietary needs unique to them.*
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