On Thursday when your Thanksgiving dinner is done, you may be tempted to share some leftovers with your dog.
But before you dish up a plate of goodies, make sure you're only including foods that are safe for them. Liz Illg of Puff & Fluff Spa in Phoenix shared these tips for pet safety on Thanksgiving.
What not to feed your dog:
• Turkey skin: The grease, oils and spices can be very hard on your dog's stomach
• Cooked bones: Bones tend to splinter and can damage your pet's throat and stomach
• Canned cranberry sauce: Too high in sugar and sweet for your pet to handle
• Walnuts: contain a toxin (tremorgenic mycotoxins) that can cause seizures
• Pecans: can cause intestinal upset or an obstruction
• Pistachios: rich in fat, these nuts can give your dog an upset stomach
• Spices: things like nutmeg and sage can be hard on dogs' stomachs
• Green bean casserole: the cream from the mushroom soup can be hard to digest and onions can be toxic
• Alliums: Onions, garlic, leeks and scallions can be toxic
• Anything chocolate: the caffeine and theobromine in chocolate can be poisonous
Other items to keep away from your four-legged friends: gravy, corn on the cob, raisins and grapes, raw bread dough, and alcohol.
What is safe? While skins and bones are dangerous, turkey meat is fine. Many nuts aren't safe, but peanuts are.