What not to feed your dog during Thanksgiving

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Don’t let your pet eat these at Thanksgiving. ©Pixabay

Before you treat your dog to your Thanksgiving leftovers, make sure they aren’t potentially harmful to your pet.

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Don’t “give a dog a bone” (or skin)

Every year, vets see an increase in visits to the clinic for bone-related emergencies. Turkey and chicken bones can splinter, either in the throat or further down, and cause serious damage to a dog’s insides. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) explains that “turkey bones should not be given to pets as they can splinter and puncture the digestive tract.”

Even turkey skin is a no-no for pets, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association quoted in a US journal this month: “The high fat content could trigger pancreatitis, brought on when the pancreas struggles to produce the enzymes necessary to break down food.”

Festive food for pets: drop it

The BVA goes on to warn that, due to the rich foods consumed during Thanksgiving and Christmas, owners should stick to the usual pet diet routine. Too many fatty foods can “trigger indigestion, sickness and diarrhoea or even conditions from gastroenteritis to pancreatitis”.

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Specific foods that can be harmful to dogs

Here’s a checklist of Thanksgiving foods that could be dangerous for your dog:

Poultry bones
Grapes and raisins
Macadamia nuts
Cranberry sauce (high sugar level)
Onions, garlic, chives etc.
Stuffing (due to the above ingredients)
Raw/undercooked meat
Xylitol (found in sweets and pastries)

The best way to show your appreciation for your best friend this Thanksgiving, is to give your pet a healthy and balanced diet!

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Emily K is a freelance copywriter, journalist and translator based in France. In her spare time, when she's not running after her cheeky beagle, she can be found pedalling around the city on her bicycle.