Thanksgiving Foods Your Pets Should Not Eat

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, family and of course…FOOD! Some of those foods, although very tasty and filling for you, can be unsafe or toxic for your dog or cat to eat. Here is a list of foods that you should not be sharing with your furry friend this holiday season… or ever.

1. Nutmeg

This unexpected spice is in many of favorite dishes like sweet potato casseroles, yams, pumpkin pie and many dessert, but little do people know it has mild hallucinogenic properties. When eaten by your pet it can cause seizures, tremors, and central nervous system problems.

2. Sage

Sage is a multi-purpose spice used in many dishes, but it can cause your dog or cat some unwanted tummy troubles.

3. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic are dangerous foods for your pet to ingest because they contain sulfides, a substance toxic to dogs that can also destroy red blood cells, causing anemia.

4. Turkey Skin

Skins can appear to be fairly harmless, but turkey skin is a very fatty food that is difficult to digest. Fatty foods can cause an inflamed pancreas, resulting in a disease called pancreatitis.

5. Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are possibly the worst kind of tree nut for cats and dogs to ingest. They are very toxic, and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and hyperthermia.

6. Beer

Always remember to drink responsibly, but for your pet, that means no drinking at all. Alcohol is dangerous to animals, causing fevers, liver damage, seizures, and can be potentially lethal.

7. Raw Meat and Under-Cooked Meat

Raw food always comes with certain issues, and the main dish of Thanksgiving, turkey, has a risk of salmonella bacteria. This is dangerous for all living things, and pets are no exception.


8. Bones

Despite popular belief, bones are not the best thing for dogs. Cooked, raw, no matter what kind, bones can break off or splinter, choking your dog.

9. Raw Dough and Cake Batter

Cake batter and dough often contains raw eggs, which can contain salmonella bacteria. There is also a potential for bread dough to “proof” in the stomach, yeast activating and expanding the dough in the stomach.

10. Chocolate

This classic still remains true, regardless of how long its been around. Chocolate is poisonous to pets due to the caffeine and a substance called theobromine. Theobromine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and respiratory failure.

To help keep the pet eyes at bay this Thanksgiving, make sure your dog or cat has access to plenty of his own food. Also, try to keep the human treats to a minimum. Make sure all the family members in town this holiday are up to speed on the “No Humane Food” rule, too; no matter how cute their pouting is!