Thanksgiving is almost here which means friends, family, and food all over your home. Here's what foods you should keep away from your furry family members. I'll be the first to admit, I treat my dog like he is a human member of my family. He has a car seat, has an extensive wardrobe and eats better than most of my friends in college. When he acts spoiled and entitled, I realize this is all my fault however he does still have some rules in his life. One of the biggest rules is no scraps from the table. The main reason is that he's overweight but also because you don't know what ingredients are used in every dish on your table, especially during the holidays. Thanksgiving is a time where everyone does their part to bring a special dish to enjoy and there are plenty of people coming in and out of your kitchen. For dogs, they think this is a time for them to feast as well. To keep them healthy this holiday and keep you out of the vet's office, here are a few foods you should keep them away from.


  • Eggs and Meat- if not cooked fully, could carry E-coli and calmonella
  • Bones- bone fragments are not something that should be going into your dog's tummy
  • High fatty foods (avocado, coconut oil, milk, etc.)- causes upset stomachs in pooches
  • Chocolate- It's poisonous to dogs and can cause heart issues and even seizures.
  • Garlic, onions, chives- these can irritate a dog's stomach.
  • Grapes, raisins- can cause kidney damage
  • Nuts- Big no-no. They can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.
  • Salty foods- too much can cause sodium ion poisoning and even smaller amounts can cause excessive thirst.
  • Booze- alcohol poisoning, not just for college kids. Especially dangerous for small dogs.
  • Caffeine- This will mess with your dog’s heart rate so keep all teas, sodas, coffees and energy drinks out of their reach.

Find out more tips of what your dogs can and can not have this Thanksgiving at the USA Today website.

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