5 Thanksgiving Foods Dangerous for Pets
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, delicious feasts, and quality time with loved ones. However, it can also pose potential hazards for our pets, as many Thanksgiving foods are unsafe for dogs and cats. We’ve outlined five common Thanksgiving foods that are unsafe for pets.
1. Turkey Bones
Turkey is a common main course for Americans celebrating Thanksgiving. However, turkey bones can splinter and cause choking blockages or internal injuries for your pet. Keep all poultry bones far away from your pets.
2. Fatty Foods
Rich, fatty dishes like gravy or buttery mashed potatoes can lead to digestive issues, including pancreatitis. Avoid feeding your pets these high-fat foods.
Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to pets. Keep chocolate desserts out of their reach.
4. Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic, common in stuffing and many dishes, are toxic to pets and can cause severe health problems. Keep them out of reach.
5. Desserts with Alternate Sweeteners
Xylitol, a sugar substitute often used in desserts, is highly toxic to pets. Be cautious when baking or storing treats containing xylitol.
Be Ready for Emergencies:
If your pet does ingest something from the Thanksgiving table they shouldn’t, or you’re unsure of, the Pet Poison Helpline is a great resource. Their experts can advise if a visit to the emergency vet is warranted.