With Thanksgiving being this Thursday, there will be plenty of delicious food set out for loved ones to enjoy. Well one “loved one” that should be careful what goes into its stomach is our pet. This is especially true for dogs! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the following foods can be dangerous for dogs to consume:
1. Turkey bone: they can cause nausea and diarrhea and can get stuck in a dog’s throat.
2. Turkey skin: the high fat content can trigger pancreatitis in a dog. Pancreatitis can be potentially fatal.
3. Chocolate: chocolate can be poisonous to a dog, especially dark chocolate.
4. Grapes and raisins: they can cause kidney damage to a dog.
5. Nuts: the high fat content in nuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis.
6. Salty snacks: too much salt can lead to sodium ion poisoning.
7. Garlic, onions, and chives: theses can cause damage to red blood cells and lead to anemia.
Cats can also suffer from these same ailments if they eat human food. So enjoy Thanksgiving, but make sure your furry friend sticks with pet food and be sure to keep leftovers away from your determined pet. And remember to contact your pet’s veterinarian if you notice any vomiting or diarrhea- it’s an early sign that your pet may have gotten into something it shouldn’t have!