8 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Dangerous For Your Dog!

November 14th, 2023 by Marlene Ring

thanksgiving-dog-and-familyIt’s Thanksgiving!

Time for family, fun and lots of food! It can also be dangerous time for your dog if he eats foods that are harmful to him.


Here are 8 holiday staples that are actually dangerous for your dog to consume.




Turkey is a given at almost every Thanksgiving feast and you probably wouldn’t think of this one as bad. But aside from being high in fat, it is also covered with butter, spices, marinades, and oils that were used to cook the turkey. These are very hard for your dog to digest. It’s best to resist the urge to let your dog eat the turkey scraps that get left behind after carving, even though they may have a dynamite begging face.


sage-thanksgiving7. SAGE

This popular holiday seasoning tastes delicious in stuffing and on the turkey, but it actually contains essential oils that are dangerous for your dog and can cause indigestion and an upset stomach.



Sweet-Homemade-Candied-WalnutsMacadamia nuts and walnuts are especially dangerous for dogs to consume. They can cause a toxic reaction within 12 hours of ingesting them, which consists of vomiting, an inability to stand, and tremors. Symptoms usually go away, but it can sometimes lead to deadly shock.



roasted-turkey-legs5. COOKED BONES

Many may think that giving your dog the bone from the turkey or ham is an excellent way to include them in the holiday meal, but cooked bones prove to be more dangerous than they are delicious. Cooked bones could splinter inside your dog’s digestive tract and cause major internal problems. Avoid leaving cooked bones anywhere near your dog’s reach, and quickly dispose of any leftovers after the meal to avoid a costly trip to the vet and an unpleasant experience for your dog.



mashed-sweet-potatoesSweet potatoes and pumpkin, in appropriate doses, are a healthy treat for your dog. But you will want to take special precautions and make sure that neither of those have nutmeg on them before feeding. Nutmeg can cause seizures if your dog consumes it alone or as an ingredient in sweet potatoes or pumpkin, and in extreme cases can even lead to death.




Most dogs love the taste of alcohol, but no type of alcohol is good for them. Even small amounts of alcohol, especially beer, can cause life threatening toxicity. The hops in beer can cause an elevated body temperature, racing heart, vomiting, and sometimes even death in dogs. Resist the urge to share your adult  beverage with your dog, and you will avoid unnecessary suffering and illness.



dog-looking-at-batterKeeping your dog out of the kitchen while you prepare those delicious Thanksgiving desserts is a smart idea. Even small amounts of chocolate can harm them, and dough can actually rise inside of their bellies, which causes stomach pain for your precious pooch. Spare batter contains uncooked eggs, which are always a risk for Salmonella, something both you and your dog will want to avoid.


corgi-cooking1. ONIONS AND GARLIC

Another set of popular Thanksgiving ingredients, onions and garlic, are dangerous for your dog to get a hold of. All members of the onion family contain compounds that can damage your dog’s red blood cells and Garlic tends to be more toxic. Both can lead to anemia if ingesting in sufficient quantities and contrary to popular belief cooking them does not change that fact.


Before you set the table for the big day, make sure to refer back to this list so your dog


stays safe and happy during the holiday.

Also, it is a good idea to let your holiday guests know of these potential threats as well – you don’t want Aunt Mae sneaking Fido something dangerous under the table during the big holiday meal!



Start building a better communication and relationship with your dog!