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It’s Thanksgiving week and that means we will all probably eat way too much food. It happens. And if your dog is anything like my dog, they will be begging for some Thanksgiving leftovers after having to smell the food being cooked and watching you eat it.

And while you may be tempted to feed your dog something delicious for Thanksgiving, there are some foods you will want to avoid.

According to the American Kennel Club, Thanksgiving coincides with an increase in visits to the veterinarian due to dogs eating human foods that aren’t safe for them.

Here are some of the foods to avoid feeding your four-legged friend this Thanksgiving according to the AKC.

  • Turkey bones, skin, and gravy. While turkey meat is fine, just make sure to remove any bones or skin. The skin can be unsafe if it’s been prepared with butter, spices, and other fatty ingredients.
  • Stuffing. Stuffing can contain too many ingredients and spices that are bad for dogs.
  • Casseroles, Mashed potatoes, and creamed peas are all bad for dogs.
  • Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets. This is a pretty common thing not to feed your dog.
  • Raisins and grapes are also bad for dogs
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Yeast Dough
  • Fatty foods
  • Any food containing spices
  • Ham
  • Alcoholic beverages. We shouldn’t have to say this, but please don’t get your dog drunk.

That’s a pretty long list of things not to give your dog this Thanksgiving. But don’t worry because there are some items you can feed them.

According to the AKC, turkey meat is perfectly fine. Again just remember to remove any bones and the skin. Green beans and plain peas are also perfectly fine to feed to your dog. Pumpkin is also safe and healthy for dogs as long as it’s just pumpkin and not the pre-spiced pie mix.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and make sure your dog does as well.

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