Although our Thanksgiving banquet is good for humans, its not always the case that our food will be good for our pets. It’s conventional wisdom that giving chocolate to your dog is a no-no as it contains theobromine, a cardiac stimulant (methamphetamine and cocaine are cardiac stimulants). But what about other food items, especially those found around the holiday?
Turkey: From looking on the internet, I haven’t found anything that shows any intrinsic danger in your dog consuming turkey. The problem occurs when owners give their dogs turkey bones to chew on. Turkey bones, as well as chicken bones, can easily splinter, get swallowed, and end up causing some serious damage to your dogs digestive system. Like, “internal bleeding” serious.
I have seen someone suggest putting some dog food or even some turkey in a Kong and letting your dog play with that while you and your family sit down to eat.
Onions: I have seen conflicting reports about the lethality of onions in canines. Some sources seem to say that onions are extremely dangerous and your dog should stay away from anything cooked in onions. The more believable sources point out that if your dog is going to die from eating onions your dog would have to have an allergy to onions or your dog is going to have to eat a lot of onions, obviously depending on weight.
I found one source (although I can’t find another source to back it up) that claims the LD50 (or lethal dosage) for onions in dogs is 1oz of onions for 5lbs of your dog.
So the LD50 for a 65lb Black Lab would be about 12oz. Assuming one medium onion is 5oz, that dog would have to eat a little more than two onions to eat a fatal dose.
Obviously a 7lb Yorkshire Terrier wont be able to eat much than 1oz of onion to receive a lethal dose.
These seem like large amounts of onions for a dog to eat but, if your dog is eating even small quantities of onions on a regular basis, it can still be unhealthy and cause anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, and death. From the conflicting data, I would err on the side of caution and not give my dog onions.
If you are a cat owner, you should never give your cats onions. Onions are extremely lethal to cats
Alcohol: Giving your dogs alcoholic beverages is never a good idea. Dogs are smaller than humans and just can’t process alcohol like we can. Dogs will exhibit side effects of alcohol intoxication similar to that of humans. Intoxication in dogs can lead to vomiting, depression, coma, and even death.
Remember to take out your garbage and make sure your dog doesn’t have access to it. Although you may not intentionally give your dog dangerous food items like, beer, chocolate, bones, onions, and sugar free gum, your dog might find a way of getting into the garbage if the temptation isn’t removed.
Be thankful for you dogs this holiday and show your love by feeding your pets food designed for them, not human food.
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!