Can Dogs Eat Turkey?

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and of course our dogs want to be a part of the celebration. Is is safe for dogs to eat turkey? Well, “yes and no.” Turkey is not toxic to dogs and is an ingredient in many commercial dog foods. It is rich in nutrients like protein and when cooked plain, it can be an essential part of a homemade dog food diet.

Remember, Thanksgiving turkeys, however, are rarely cooked plain. We rub our birds with butter and oils and season them with salt, pepper, herbs, and spices. We stuff them full of stuffing, onions, garlic, and more herbs. To us, this is delicious. For our dogs, it is a recipe for unpleasant digestive upset at best, and pancreatitis at worst.

According to The American Kennel Club,( ) here is what you need to know about feeding turkey to dogs to get your dog through the holidays safely. Definately skip the skin. All of that fat and seasoning is dangerous for dogs. The fat content can cause pancreatitis, and the seasonings can irritate your dog’s stomach.

  1. Make sure you only feed your dog turkey meat. Onions are toxic to dogs, and garlic is potentially toxic in large quantities.
  2. Feed your dog only small quantities of turkey, and talk to your vet about adding food scraps into your dog’s diet, especially if your dog has a preexisting health condition, like diabetes.
  3. Make sure there are no bones in the meat you feed your dog.

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.

  1. Noah’s Ark Pet Crematory
    2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736732-528-6624 or 732-528-NOAH

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