How to Avoid the Top Three Thanksgiving Health Hazards for Dogs

November 26, 2015

Holidays with food involved are always exciting for dogs, but when so many pups find their way to the vet’s office after Thanksgiving because of problematic things they eat, it’s important to consider how to avoid causing harm to pets on Turkey Day.

According to Consumer Affairs, pet owners should bear in mind these three top health hazards for dogs on Thanksgiving:

1. Leftovers: Many dogs don’t get sick from being fed directly. They get sick because they climb up on the table and eat large quantities of food when humans aren’t around.

2. Harmful FoodsDon’t give your dog turkey skin, poultry bones, onions, grapes, or raisins. These and other foods are toxic to dogs.

3. Dental Damage: Avoid giving dogs plastic bones, ice cubes, antlers, and bully sticks, which can all caue painful tooth fractures.

It’s possible to give dogs table scraps without spending the day after Thanksgiving at the vet. The good news is that most Thanksgiving foods, including white meat turkey, are perfectly fine to feed dogs unless they have allergies.

You can also make your dog feel happy and included by keeping their favorite treats on hand and helping them stay busy with chews.

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