1. Bones. We know, we know! Dog and Bone feels like the Romeo & Juliet of the dinner table: who are we to keep them apart? But cooked bones can splinter and become a choking hazard. And that makes for one seriously unhappy ending. “For never was a story of more woe than this of Drooliet… and her Boneo.”
2. Turkey Skin. That herby, buttery, salty skin might be your Uncle Jim’s favorite part of the bird, but don’t let him send any Fido’s way. All that fat and salt can be bad for your buddy. So savor that skin, and maybe toss a small piece of turkey breast instead.
3. Stuffing. Turkey gets all the PR, but we all know that stuffing is the real hero of the Thanksgiving table. The catch: it usually contains a lot of garlic and onions, both of which are toxic for pups. So do the noble thing and put a little more on your plate, just for you. That’s right. Can’t let the dog get to it! Better eat some more. Yes. Very good.
4. Booze. The Thanksgiving paradox: drinking is a great distraction from awkward family talk, and your dog is a great distraction from awkward family talk; but mixing them together just doesn’t work. Unless you want a lot of awkward family talk in the Vet’s waiting room.
Check out a complete list of Thanksgiving staples to watch out for here.