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

Nov 18, 2021 04:46AM ● By Editor

Photo: American Kennel Club


By Alexandra Simon of KARE 11 News - November 17, 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.


To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the KARE 11 News website. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGlksJFkQVSvRxNRdHJjPRbHfMS

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