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Posted on 11-05-2015

Thanksgiving Day Foods that Are Toxic to Your Dog

Turkey skin:

High fat foods like turkey skin, can be extremely hazardous to your dog’s health. The skin holds any marinade, spices, butter and oils is difficult to digest. High fat foods can lead to pancreatitis. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain and lethargy

Cooked bones:

Cooked turkey and ham bones are NOT safe for dogs. They can splinter in the dog's digestive tract and your holiday may include a pricey trip to the emergency room and worse. Dispose of bones carefully so that your pup isn't tempted to eat them. And WATCH OUT FOR THE TRASH. Make sure they are completely disposed of!

Onions and garlic:

Onions and garlic contain sulfides which are toxic to dogs and can lead to anemia. Onions are more toxic than garlic and cooking them does not reduce their toxicity.


Many dogs love the taste of beer, but this does not mean you should share your frosty brew with your best friend. Any alcohol, and particularly the hops in beer is toxic and in some cases can cause death in dogs.


Specifically, walnuts and macadamia nuts are very dangerous for your dog. They could cause a toxic reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. Within 12 hours of eating them, dogs are unable to stand, vomiting, having tremors, fever, weakness and elevated heart rate. Usually symptoms go away but this can lead to deadly shock.


Used to spice sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, nutmeg can cause seizures and central nervous system problems if your dog ingests it. In extreme cases, it can even cause death. Both sweet potatoes and pumpkin, in moderation, are good for your dog - just make sure they don't have any nutmeg on them before you feed them any.


Sage contains essential oils that can cause stomach upset. Best to keep this herb out of reach from your pup's paws.

Chocolate, Dough, Batter:

We all know chocolate is a no-no but did you know that dough can actually rise inside your dog's stomach, causing bloating and severe pain? Additionally, dough and batter contain raw eggs, which contain Salmonella. Keep your fur kid out of the kitchen while you bake and clean up any spills right away.

If your dog has ingested any of these foods please call us at Phoenix Veterinarian Center so we can help diagnose the proper way to help your dog. Better safe than sorry. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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