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Hazardous Thanksgiving Foods To Keep Away From Your Pet

As much as you like Thanksgiving food, your pet probably likes it more. Expect them to follow you around the kitchen as you cook and ready to pounce on anything that hits the floor. While it can sometimes be cute and we let it slide, some Thanksgiving foods can cause serious health issues for your pet. Today, we have a list of hazardous Thanksgiving foods that you should make sure your pet does not get ahold of.

Turkey Skin

Do you baste your turkey in savory herbs and spices, like sage or dill? These spice are dangerous for your dog’s digestion. The fatty skin, added brine, and added butter isn’t very good for dogs either.

Turkey Bones

When the turkey’s gone, the bones that remain are NOT a good chew toy for your dog. They are brittle choking hazards that easily splinter if chewed.


Most stuffing recipes include onions and garlic, both of which poison dogs’ blood cells.

Fruit Salad or Ambrosia

Dogs should not eat fruit with seeds or pits because it inflames their intestines. Plums, peaches, grapes, and raisins should be off limits.


Sausage is not a solid meat and may also contain onions, garlic, and other ingredients that you may not even know about. Probably best that your pets don’t eat it.

Pecan Pie

Everyone loves pecan pie, right? However, nuts can cause muscle spasms and weakness of the legs for up to 48 hours for pets. Make sure none hit the floor while cooking or eating.


It goes without saying, but it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone that alcohol is dangerous for pets to ingest. Grapes, hops, and alcohol are all toxic to dogs.

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie

Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for dogs, but most Thanksgiving dishes that include these ingredients also include cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s best to play it safe.

Ice Cream

Some animals are okay with dairy; others deal with stomach issues after ingesting dairy. It’s also best to play it safe with this food group as well.

UrgentVet is open on all holidays and will be here in case anything should happen. If your pet has ingested any of these items and is showing signs of discomfort or pain, please be sure to contact us immediately. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!