10 Thanksgiving Foods You Should Never Feed Your Pet

10 Thanksgiving Foods You Should Never Feed Your Pet

10 Thanksgiving Foods You Should Never Feed Your pet

As you prepare your Thanksgiving meal this year, don’t give into those sweet puppy eyes. Many of the foods served at the Thanksgiving dinner table can be very dangerous for your dogs and cats. Instead, toss them a few extra treats or prepare something extra, safe for pets!

Every year, food-related pet illnesses spike during the holiday season. This is because certain foods served at the dinner table can create a variety of health issues on your furry friends. Below are 10 Thanksgiving foods you should never feed your pet.

1. Turkey Bones

While a few bites of cooked, white turkey meat is fine, don’t let your pets gnaw on the bones. At best, turkey bones can cause vomiting and may harm the digestive track. At worst, the bones can actually puncture the stomach and intestines, since they easily splinter.

Also, avoid feeding them overly seasoned meats, and turkey skin. Certain types of seasonings can be toxic for dogs and cats, even fatal at times.

2. Alcohol

Hopefully, this is common knowledge. However, during large family get together’s, alcoholic beverages are often left unattended, in reaching distance for your pet. Alcohol is extremely dangerous for animals, at times it’s even lethal. The ASPCA states that alcohol ingestion can cause ” “vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.”

3. Raisins and Grapes

Raisins and grapes can be very harmful to pets. Also, avoid feeding them any type of dessert that may contain these ingredients, as they can be very toxic. Both raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in pets.

4. Onions, Garlic, and Chives

Chives, garlic, and onions can be extremely dangerous for animals. Eating these foods can lead to stomach irritation and in worse cases, red blood cell damage.

5. Raw Dough and Cake Batter

Raw bread dough (containing yeast) is very dangerous for cats and dogs! According to the ASPCA, “When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol.” “This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency.” Raw cake batter is also extremely dangerous because the raw eggs may contain salmonella bacteria, which may later lead to food poisoning.

6. Nuts, Especially Macadamia

All nuts are harmful for cats and dogs, including almonds, walnuts, and pecans. When ingested, nuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis. However, macadamia nuts are especially harmful. They also cause vomiting as well as depression, weakness, tremors, and hyperthermia.

7. Salty Snack Foods

Never toss your pet a few treats from the holiday snack bowl. Salty snacks, such as pretzels, potato chips, popcorn, etc. can cause excessive urination and thirst. It worse cases it may also lead to sodium ion poisoning in pets.

8. Chocolate

Chocolate is a major no-no for pets. It contains certain chemicals found to be very harmful. Chocolate can cause an abnormal heart rhythm, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death. The ASPCA notes that ALL chocolate types are dangerous for pets, though dark chocolate is the worst.

9. Coffee and Other Caffeine Sources

Like chocolate, coffee and dark sodas also contain chemicals known to be very dangerous for pets. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages contain methylxanthines, a chemical found to have serious health consequences on pets.

10. Citrus

Whether it’s essential oils from the stems, leaves, peels, flesh or seeds, citrus foods are not good for pets. They can cause stomach irritation and even central nervous system depression when eaten in large amounts.

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