10 Thanksgiving Day Foods That Can Harm or Kill Your Dog

Lurking within some of those dog drooling Thanksgiving dishes are toxic ingredients that can be potentially harmful to your dog’s health. Being aware of some of the popular Thanksgiving dishes that are toxic to your dog can help save you an extra trip to the Vet’s office over Thanksgiving weekend.

Turkey Skin


It’s highly unlikely that turkey fat can kill your dog but the high fat concentrate in in the skin can cause upset stomachs and pancreatitis. Turkey skin ingestion often is accompanied by severe vomiting depending on the amount consumed.

Mashed Potatoes


Potatoes are actually okay for your dog to eat. The problem comes when we add all that salt, butter, and sour cream. This rich combination of ingredients will more then likely cause diarrhea.

Bread Dough


Raw dough consumed by dogs can become a serious health issue. The heat within the dogs stomach will cause the dough to continue to rise while being digested. Expect excessive bloat, abdominal pain and vomiting when raw dough is consumed by a dog.

Green Bean Casserole


The green beans are not the problem (green beans are healthy for your dog) it’s the 2 other common ingredients found in the recipe, mushroom soup and fired onion toppings. The combination of these two toxic ingredients being eaten by a dog can cause severe vomiting and  hemolytic anemia.

Macadamia Nuts


Macademia nuts are extremely toxic to your dog. In fact, these nuts could cause a reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. The symptoms range from lethargy and vomiting to your dog being unable to stand up.



Ham is saturated with salt and is very high in fat. High salt toxicity in dogs can create serious stomach issues along with pancreatitis. Salt will cause many dogs to consume too much water in a short period of time. The consumption of large amounts of water can cause “bloat”; which can be a life threatening condition.



Thanksgiving stuffing is often made with a mixture of onions, garlic or both. Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs. The ingestion of onions causes a condition called hemolytic anemia, which is characterized by damage to the red blood cells. The condition will cause the red blood cells in your dog’s body to rupture leading to death.

Chocolate Desserts


This is a dog owner no-brainer but still needs to be addressed. Pies, cakes and cookies will be within dog length on Thursday. Be sure to be aware of where the sweets are at all times. A simple solution is putting chocolate deserts in containers and keep the lid closed.

Grape Salad


Grapes can be extremely deadly in certain dog breeds. Grape or raisin ingestion can cause kidney failure. Veterinarians say just 1 grape per pound can become a issue with dogs. Symptoms of kidney failure include vomiting, over drinking, and lethargy.

Cooked Turkey Bones


The cooking process will cause cooked turkey bones to become brittle. Dogs chewing up the turkey bone into splinter pieces can become a very serious health issue if ingested. The bone splinter can puncture and become lodged in the dog’s intestinal tract. If your dog has consumed cooked bones it’s important to monitor their bathroom activities for 24-48 hours. Any abnormalities with bowl movements needs to be addressed immediately with a visit to the ER veterinarian.

Kevin Bentley

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