Thanksgiving is a holiday surrounded by food and loved ones – including your four-legged friends! With the holiday only a week away, remember to stay grateful, but be cautious and keep foods containing these ingredients on your Thanksgiving table and away from your dogs.
#1: Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine
These three c’s are a big no no for your pups. These products all contain a substance called methylxanthine, which is found in cacao seeds. If your dog ingests this substance, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even death. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines while baking chocolate contains the highest. Keep in mind, dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate.
#2: Citrus Fruits
The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants all contain citric acid. This oil can cause irritation and even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Fortunately, if your dog ingests a small amount, they may only experience a minor stomach problem.
#3: Coconut & Coconut-Based Products
Small amounts of coconut and coconut-based products will not be harmful to your dogs if ingested. However, the milk of fresh coconuts does contain oils that will present stomach pains, loose stools, or diarrhea. Use caution when offering your pets food containing coconut-based products. (Expert Tip: Do NOT give your dog coconut water! This product is high in potassium which is very harmful to your furry friend.)
#4: Milk and Dairy
Dogs are lactose intolerant. Sound familiar? It’s when you don’t have the significant amount of lactase – the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk – to properly digest dairy-based foods. If dogs contain too much milk or other dairy-based products, it can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems.
#5: Select Nuts
Nuts contain high amounts of oils and fats that can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis. Nuts your dog should avoid include, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts, specifically, can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, and hyperthermia in dogs. Symptoms can last up to 48 hours!
#6 Salt & Salty Snack Foods
Salty foods such as, potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn should stay far away from your dog. Large amounts of salt can cause excessive thirst and even sodium ion poisoning. Signs to watch out for include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and elevated body temperatures.
Need some tips to help keep your dog off your Thanksgiving table? Check out our dog-approved treats for the holiday season. And if you notice any problems with your dogs during the holidays, don’t hesitate to contact Upper East Side Animal Hospital. Our team will help keep your pet healthy and happy – 212-396-3020.
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