As tempting as it may be, sharing your Thanksgiving meal, even small table scraps with your pet can be harmful. Anything seasoned with onions is an absolute no. Onions, as well as raisins, and grapes are toxic to pets, especially dogs.
Turkey, with its fatty skin and seasonings, can cause havoc with your pet’s digestive system, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis. And don’t add Turkey drippings or gravy to pet food. Not only is gravy high in fat, but its typically seasoned with garlic and onion, which is toxic to dogs.
Be especially mindful when discarding turkey bones, keeping trash out of a snooping pet’s reach as they can be a choking hazard, and, if swallowed, cause obstructions in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract or even pierce their stomach or intestines.
Because not all dogs and cats have the same ability to breakdown lactose, avoid giving pets’ milk or other dairy products or even dishes that include dairy items. Items such as mashed potatoes or potatoes au gratin typically include dairy, and this could increase the chance of your pet vomiting and or having diarrhea.
Be sure to let family and guests know not to feed your pet any table scraps. This way, everyone can enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, pets included!