Dangerous Holiday Foods for Dogs
With the holidays coming up everyone looks forward to a great meal with their family and loved ones. For a lot of people, those loved ones include their dog. As much as you want to share that delicious food with your four legged friend, you should think twice before doing so. Certain foods affect dogs differently and can possibly lead to serious illness. Read the following before sharing a scrap or two with your pet so you both will have a wonderful holiday.
In most cases during the holidays we are thinking turkey bones. They can splinter and become fatal. Stick to rawhide treats!
Raw or undercooked turkey
Salmonella is the main issue here. You may think your dog can eat anything but that’s not the case.
Personally the best part of the turkey in my opinion but definitely not the best for your pet. The skin along with fatty food like gravy is difficult for dogs to digest. It can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, or even pancreatitis.
Dough and cake batter
It may sound crazy but with the combination of the dough and your dog’s body temperature can cause it to rise. This will make your dog experience severe stomach pain and cause vomiting.
Depending on how much the dog consumes, beer can cause a fever, rapid heartbeat, seizures, and liver damage. The hops are the main culprit.
These affect both dogs and cats alike. A reaction called macadamia nut toxicity which causes symptoms from lethargy and vomiting to your pet not being able to stand.
Mushrooms can cause some severe symptoms for your pet such as vomiting, seizures, coma, and possibly death.
Onions and garlic
Alone or an ingredient in your favorite dish, these two are toxic to dogs. Your pet ingesting onions or garlic can cause destruction of red blood cells making you dog very sick.
A popular herb used in numerous recipes, sage contains essential oils and resins that can affect your pet’s central nervous system.
Nutmeg is a popular holiday spice and is unfortunately poisonous. Symptoms you may notice are tremors, muscle spasms, and seizures. Make sure to keep the pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes away from your furry friend.