It’s a great feeling to share Thanksgiving with our beloved fur-babies but we say hold off on sharing that turkey with your dog, it’s not worth the risk.
HOW YOU PREP AND COOK YOUR TURKEY MATTERS.
For many American families, turkey for Thanksgiving is a tradition. Allowing your dog non-processed turkey in small amounts is not particularly toxic but a dog consuming turkey can certainly become an issue. The Thanksgiving turkey is often cooked with oils, butter, and a variety of seasonings. Onions are highly toxic and Garlic in highly concentrated portions is toxic to dogs. Our greatest worry in giving your dog turkey for Thanksgiving is causing them Pancreatitis, which of course we want to avoid at all costs. Turkey has a high-fat content, foods with high-fat content can easily trigger a bout of Pancreatitis in a dog. Is the risk really worth it? We think not but when in doubt ask your Veterinarian.
L-TRYPTOPHAN IN TURKEY MAY OR MAY NOT AFFECT YOUR DOG.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in animal and plant proteins. Tryptophan also plays a role with serotonin which has the potential to alter behavior. If you research the effects of Tryptophan you will find numerous conflicting articles stating it has no effects at all or high effects on dogs. Because of all the conflicting controversy on Tryptophan in Turkey and the way it may or may not affect dogs, we recommend avoiding giving the Thanksgiving turkey to your dog altogether. Again, when in doubt, always consult with your dog’s Veterinarian.
YOU CAN EASILY REPLACE THE TURKEY WITH CHICKEN.
If you insist your dog have a formal Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of your family, we recommend a few healthy sides combined with a chicken. You can boil a skinless chicken breast non-seasoned and white rice for their main dish. Some sides to consider are unseasoned broccoli, sweet potatoes, green beans, real canned pumpkin, and peeled apple slices. We also suggest you mix their regular dog food with any of these Thanksgiving treats to help avoid stomach upset or diarrhea.
NO BONES ABOUT IT!
Poultry bones when cooked can easily become splinters. This can cause major issues internally for the dog which could result in major surgery or even death. There are many ways bones in general can do damage. They can break your dog’s teeth, cause a dog to choke, and/or can get lodged in the jaw. We highly advise you to avoid giving your dogs bones and talk to your Veterinarian about safer options.