Summit Tip – Thanksgiving

by Brenda Crispin

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

With the holidays coming upon us quickly I think it is time to talk about dogs and people food.  Other than when we use human food as high value treats while training ( chicken, cheese, hot dogs etc) our Summit Dogs should not be allowed to have people food.  There are some foods that toxic to dogs. Here are some of the more dangerous foods:

  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Bread Dough
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes & Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Coffee and Coffee Grounds
  • Non-Caloric Sweeteners

I am attaching a link to a web site that gives more information including symptoms for each food item.  The scary part is most of these foods smell and taste really good, even to dogs. During this time of year it is not unusual for us to have lots of yummy smelling food on our counters.  Watch for even the most reliable dog to suddenly become interested in what is on the table and/or counters.  Constant supervision is required.  If you can not keep an eye on your pup, crating or using a tie-down to manage your dogs activity is a good idea.  Regardless of good intentions by family and friends feeding them table scraps or other goodies should not happen.  Never feed turkey bones to any dog.  They splinter very easily and can get lodged in your dogs throat or stomach.

If your dog should get a hold of one or more of these off limit foods watch your dog for discomfort or a change in behavior.  Signs of discomfort can include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, excessive panting, drooling, and even hyper activity.  Keep in mind the volume of food eaten vs the size of the dog.  If you have a large lab and he/she eats one or two grapes I doubt you have to worry, but if you have a small puppy that gets into the grapes you should monitor him/her closely.  If you have any concerns you can text me and as always if you feel you have an emergency situation call your vet and then me right away.

One last comment, if you are having a large family gathering it is preferred you have your Summit dog in another quiet room and not out with the crowd.  When dogs are over stimulated they will be more likely to be mouthy, jumpy, reactive barking, and all around naughty  This is one of those preventative scenarios.  Keeping your dog out of the busy family gathering will allow you, your family and your dog enjoy the day..

Most important advice I have this week is to enjoy your holiday.

Thank you all for your support for Summit.

Brenda Crispin
Foster Home Coordinator
Summit Assistance Dogs