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What Thanksgiving foods you can and can't share with your dogs

The American Kennel Club says while some Thanksgiving favorites are safe to share with your pets, others could prompt a trip to the veterinarian.

Editor's Note: The video above originally aired on KARE 11 on Oct. 29, 2021.

It's tough for humans to resist a table full of Thanksgiving goodies. The same could be said for dogs.

If you're tempted to give your pet a taste of Thanksgiving, or have a dog that knows how to turn on the puppy eyes, the American Kennel Club says certain foods are safe and healthy to share, but others could send you on a trip to the veterinarian.

Below is a list of which kinds of foods you can safely feed your dog, and what items you should definitely avoid:

Safe to feed your dogs

  • Sweet potatoes that don't contain any added ingredients
  • Potatoes that are boiled or baked with no butter, sour cream, salt, or pepper, served in moderation
  • Apples that are cut around the core. Large amounts of apple seeds can be toxic
  • Turkey meat (no bones, no skin) as long as it's not prepared with any seasoning
  • Green beans without any added ingredients like butter or spices
  • Plain peas are fine, but creamed peas should be avoided
  • Pumpkin can help with digestive health and it’s great for a dog’s skin and coat, but if feeding canned pumpkin, make sure it’s not the pre-spiced pie mix
  • Dessert is an option if you pick something healthy like frozen yogurt

Not safe for pets

  • Turkey bones, skin, and gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Creamed peas
  • Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets (especially anything containing xylitol)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Ham
  • Yeast dough
  • Fatty foods
  • Foods containing spices

If your dog snatches something off the table while your back is turned, you can contact the Pet Poison Helpline for guidance on what to do next.

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