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Pet-Proof Thanksgiving Dinner

A couple sitting with their dog.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I know many of you are already creating grocery lists and planning your family dinners. While there are many delicious meals your family will enjoy, there are also plenty your pets won’t! Many Thanksgiving staples can actually harm your furry friends. Make sure to keep the following foods away from your pets, and you’ll successfully pet proof the holidays.

  1. Chocolate: Chocolate is full of methylxanthines, and when consumed by your pets the chemical can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death. Baking chocolate contains the most, so make sure to keep any chocolate chip cookies away from furry paws!
  2. Stuffing: If your stuffing contains grapes or raisins, make sure not let your dog or cat have a bite. The fruit has been known to cause kidney damage, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  3. Nuts: Popular Thanksgiving nuts like pecans, almonds and others, contain high levels of fats. These can upset your pet’s stomach and lead to a sick pet and a lot of clean up.
  4. Garlic and Onions: While these are healthy for humans, they’re not for dogs! They can actually cause vomiting, drooling, and abdominal pain. Garlic and onions aren’t the only additions either. Make sure that if you want to give Fido a bite of turkey,  it’s unseasoned. 
  5. Dairy Products: Everyone has heard of kittens loving milk, but cats are lactose intolerant and can’t drink cow milk! Any milk this Thanksgiving may lead to some serious stomach issues. 
  6. Xylitol and Sweets: Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many baked goods and candies. Make sure to keep baked goods away from your pets, because it can cause liver damage. Furthermore, high intake of sweets can lead to diabetes!
  7. Small bones: There are many weak, breakable bones in a turkey. While it may seem natural to give your dog a good bone, make sure it’s not one that can splinter and end up causing damage in your dog’s digestive system.  

There are a lot of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and a pet’s love is one of them.  It’s easy to get distracted in the fun hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget about the small details.  So make sure to keep an eye out for our furry friends this Thanksgiving, and keep them safe from these foods.