Thanksgiving: These common foods are dangerous to pets

Keep your pets away from these Thanksgiving foods that could be toxic for them.

Thanksgiving foods dangerous to pets
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Thanksgiving foods dangerous to pets

With Thanksgiving and the holidays right around the corner, it's the season to indulge in good food and drinks. But you should keep your beloved animals away from the Thanksgiving foods that are toxic to pet.

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Many pet owners don't know the extent to which many common household foods, as well as many houseplants in your home are toxicto your pets. Not only that, you should also be aware of these Christmas decorations which are dangerous for your pet.

As per Huffpost and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), here are the Thanksgiving foods you should not let your pets eat.

Roast turkey or even animal bones

Huffpost reports that while serving seasoned roast turkey to your pets might seem like a good idea, the high fat content can cause your pets to have vomiting and diarrhoea, and sometimes, even pancreatitis.

Again, you might be tempted to let your pet chew on a turkey bone or two, but you should refrain from doing that.

As per the ASPCA, pets are at risk from eating animal bones because cooked animal bones could splinter. This can damage your pet's oesophagus, while passing through their gastrointestinal tract, creating severe health issues.

Pets should be kept away from foods too high in fats or sugar. Karolina Grabowska

Onions, garlic & raisins

With flavour being of prime importance for Thanksgiving meal, there could be plenty of onion and garlic being added to your stuffing or meat. As per ASPCA, eating onion and garlic can cause oxidative damage to the red blood cells in pets, and lead to anemia and methemoglobinemia.

Again, as per Huffpost, grapes and raisins are a strict no-no when it comes to dogs, because they could cause acute kidney failure. The report quotes Dr. Nicole Savageau,

Even one to two grapes can make a dog sick of any size, and there’s no way to predict when or if it will happen

Baked goods and desserts

While serving your beloved animal a slice of pie with cream might seem like a harmless indulgence, ASPCA states that it could cause pancreatitis. In fact, baked goods made with the sweetener, xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, possibly resulting in liver failure.

Along with this, pets should also be kept away from chocolate and other foods high in sugar.

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Sources used:

ASPCA: 4 Harmful Thanksgiving Foods for Pets

Huffpost: The Thanksgiving Foods That Are Dangerous To Pets

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