We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, but we can only imagine the fun that our friends over the pond have for two amazing days that mark the start of the holiday season. We think we could get used to having a holiday to watch football, eat ridiculous amounts of food, throwing on a few festive films and of course being thankful for all the friends and family we have around us at this time of year.
The star of Thanksgiving is usually the delicious food, which is fairly similar to the traditional Christmas fare we have in the UK, and as that time of the year quickly approaches, we would urge you to think of your puggy friends. As much as the little guys love their food, a lot of the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods or ingredients can be harmful to dogs. Here are a few things you should be wary of:
As much as you might love to have a few beers or glasses of wine to celebrate the day, it should go without saying to never give any to your four legged friends. Some dogs do actually love the taste of beer, but the hops in beer is particularly toxic to dogs and can even cause death.
Chocolate, Dough and Batter.
Other than being quite bad for anyone in large quantities, we all know that chocolate is toxic for dogs and should never enter their diet. However, dough can also be harmful to dogs as it can rise in their stomach and cause severe pain. Raw batter is also at risk of containing salmonella in the eggs. Don’t let the puggys lick any bowls clean and be sure to clean up any spills straight away.
It can be great to have a seasonal bowl of nuts on the table for guests to nibble one, but be careful you don;t let any fall on the floor where your pug can get at them. Macadamia nuts and walnuts are particularly dangerous for dogs as they can cause macadamia nut toxicosis, while not always fatal, can lead to tremors, inability to stand, vomiting and fever.
This traditional stuffing ingredient might not be as dangerous as some of the others on this list, but there are oils in sage that can cause a nasty stomach upset for your sensitive pug. No stuffing for the little guys please.
This delicious and unassuming spice is added to all kinds of things around this time of year, like hot chocolate, sweet potatoes, and pies. However, nutmeg can cause violent seizures and even problems with the central nervous system and even death in extreme cases. Think about how you prepared your pumpkin and potatoes before you feed any to you pug.
Onions and Garlic.
These two ingredients add flavour to hundreds of different dishes, but no matter how much puggy may fancy some they must be kept away, as the sulfides they contain are toxic and can cause anaemia. Onions pose a greater risk of toxicity than garlic and you must remember that cooking them does not neutralise the sulfides.
The star of the show. You might be a bit disappointed to find out that it is not best for your pug to share in the main event on Thanksgiving day, but the delicious turkey skin is very high in fat and can lead to pancreatitis. Have you ever thought about how you prepare the turkey? All the marinade, butter, oils, herbs and spices that have saturated the skin are extremely hard for any pug to digest; they will not be a very comfortable pug.