November 15, 2016


Posted in Dog Safety, Holidays

Thanksgiving with your dog...[Here is what you need to know]

We think of our dogs as part of the family, and therefore we want to treat them as we would treat our human loved ones, which includes sharing our holiday dinners with them. However, while it’s fine to give our dogs a little bit of human treat, it’s not a good idea to give it to them frequently and in abundance.

There are a few other things that we need to keep in mind when it comes to our dogs and holiday indulgence. Since they don’t have the same bodily systems as humans, we need to be very careful that what we give them doesn’t end up harming them. It’s actually possible for a dog to have a fatal reaction to certain human foods. Knowing what we absolutely should not be sharing with them is vital, especially during the holiday season when food is everywhere.  

Is a small piece of cooked steak a great treat for your dog? In most cases, sure! Feel free to indulge him occasionally, but skip the guacamole dip from dinner and the candy bar you got in your stocking. Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but did you know about these other “people foods”?* Take a look at this list before you consider sharing your holiday meal with man’s best friend:

  • Avocado
  • Alcohol - This may seem pretty obvious, but even a tiny amount of alcohol can cause fatal poisoning in your dog, so be careful not to leave any cocktails where they can get to them.
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeinated beverages
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Dairy products
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Candy and Gum
  • Chocolate (including white chocolate)
  • Excessive fat trimmings from human food – a little bit is fine, but too much of anything is never good. It can cause digestive problems.
  • Bones – Certain animal bones can be easily swallowed and splinter, possibly becoming lodged.
  • Fruit with pits
  • Raw Eggs – much like humans, the bacteria that can be found in raw eggs can be harmful to dogs.
  • Raw Meat and Fish (for the same reason as above, though enjoying cooked meat and fish is fine.)
  • Salt
  • Sugary Foods and Drinks – a diet full of sweets can cause problems like Diabetes for dogs as well as humans
  • Yeast Dough
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Nutmeg

This is just the beginning of an extensive list that varies by both breed and individual dog. Some dogs are highly allergic to foods that don’t affect other dogs at all. The general rule is that if you’re in doubt about whether or not a food is safe to feed your dog, it’s better to trust your instincts and refrain. Also, keep in mind that you should never feed to your dog any food you wouldn’t eat yourself, which includes week - old leftovers as well as food that hasn’t been kept to proper temperature.

Much like our human children, we have to learn to say no to our furry children when it’s for their own good, no matter how much they beg and plead (and they usually do!). Our dogs will thank us by being our loyal and faithful companions for many years to come.

Happy holidays to all of you from our family to yours!

*Partial List Credit: Slideshow: Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat. (n.d.). Retrieved November 12, 2015, from

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