Can Dogs Eat Turkey Meat And Bones?

Content provided by our partner Noah’s Ark Pet Crematory ~

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing with friends and loved ones, so the temptation to let your family pet sample the feast is understandable. But we recommend resisting the urge to feed him Thanksgiving scraps—in his bowl or under the table.

Holiday spreads tend to be excessively rich, buttery and oily and dogs don’t respond well to fatty food, such as turkey skin, stuffing and gravies. The same goes for glazed ham, prime rib and roast chicken. According to the Food and Drug Administration, eating rich foods could cause vomiting and diarrhea, and can put your dog at risk of a dangerous condition known as pancreatitis. Symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs include a hunched back, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, fever, visible abdominal discomfort or bloating, and restlessness. If your dog exhibits more than one of these symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately.

Turkey bones are not safe for dogs to eat. When whole, they can get stuck in his esophagus or trachea and cause life-threatening choking. Turkey bones break easily into smaller shards that can puncture your dog’s mouth, stomach and intestines, and lead to infections. These fragments can also get stuck and cause dangerous gastrointestinal blockages. Additionally, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other typical holiday side dishes often contain onions, garlic, scallions, leeks or shallots, which are dangerous for dogs to eat.

To keep your dog safe this holiday season, put the leftovers into the fridge, and toss the scraps and turkey bones into a sturdy enclosed container. If the garbage can in your kitchen is not completely secure from prying pets, put the scraps outside in an animal-proof garbage can.


Here at Noah’s Ark, we help celebrate the life of your cherished friend by offering a loving and compassionate cremation service. We can provide a plaster paw print, hair clipping, and memorial DVD upon request at no additional cost.

Noah’s Ark Pet Crematory
2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736

732-528-6624 or 732-528-NOAH


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