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Posted on 10-29-2015

5 Thanksgiving Foods that Are Dangerous For Your Dog

Many dogs love Thanksgiving. Between the visiting relatives and tables full of food, dogs tend to spend this holiday in a state of euphoria. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving can be a time of danger for your pet, if he or she gets fed certain foods from the table. While some human food is alright for pet consumption, some popular Thanksgiving foods are not. Knowing which foods pose a threat can help you protect your pet this holiday season.

  1. Rottweiler pup thanksgivingAnything with onion and garlic. Onions and garlic, regardless of whether or not they've been cooked, contain sulfides that can lead to anemia in animals. Onions and garlic appear in many Thanksgiving recipes, including stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
  2. Walnuts and macadamia nuts. These nuts can be toxic for your dog, causing a variety of symptoms. Keep your furry companion away from pies, cookies, salads, stuffings and other foods that may contain these kinds of nuts.
  3. Nutmeg. Found in everything from pie to sweet potatoes to eggnog and wassail, nutmeg can cause seizers and other central nervous system problems for your pet. Ingested in large amounts, nutmeg can even cause death.
  4. Bones. Animal bones can puncture the lining of your dog's stomach or intestines, causing emergencies and even death. If you wish to feed your dog meat from the table, be sure to cook it thoroughly, remove the skin and take out all bones beforehand.
  5. Beer. Hops, found in beer, are toxic for dogs and can cause death. Many dogs love beer, but unfortunately beer can be very dangerous (especially the hoppy micro brews that are very popular right now).

Consult Your Canton Veterinarian!

If you really want to share some Thanksgiving food with your pet, talk to your pet's Canton veterinarians at Acres Mill Animal Hospital before the holiday. We'll be happy to give you advice and tell you which other foods should be avoided in order to keep your dog safe.

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