Those of us with pets know that they can be absolute terrors when it comes to food.  They will beg, meow, howl, and annoy us to the point where we give in and throw them some scraps.  Thanksgiving is usually a day with more food than usual, including some elaborate dishes.  But not everything is dog friendly.  And you do not want your pooch getting sick.

So allow me to help you out, so you do not have an emergency trip to the vet.  Because there are items that are perfectly fine to feed your dog, and some that are to be avoided.  And if you have that family member who will ignore your request and feed your dog anything, good luck!

The American Kennel Club has a list of items that are pet friendly.  Turkey meat (no skin) is fine, as well as sweet potatoes and BAKED potatoes. No mashed.  For the baked, make sure there are no toppings. Apples, green beans, and peas are also fine, and actually quite healthy for your dog to eat.

Now what should you avoid feeding them.  No alcohol (isn't this a given?), and try and avoid anything sweet especially chocolate.  No stuffing, or any casserole you have prepared. No ham or fatty foods, and try to avoid anything spicy.  Raisins and grapes are out as well.  And try and make sure your garbage is secure and away from where you dog can investigate.  Their sense of smell is quite powerful as you know.

For a few more suggestions on what to avoid, or what is allowed, click HERE for some tips from the AKC.  Lets keep Man's Best Friend healthy this Thanksgiving.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

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