Thanksgiving dinner – What dogs can and can’t eat

This year, as people enjoy their turkey and Thanksgiving stuffing, the puppies' eyes will be on them, trying to get their owners to share some treats.

But some turkey day treats are not safe for pets, so it's important to know what dogs can and can not eat at Thanksgiving .

Dogs can or can't eat Thanksgiving MEATS

Turkey can be shared with dogs as long as it is correctly cooked and boneless, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

People should not feed seasoned, raw or undercooked turkey to dogs, according to the ASPCA.

Ham and pork are both safe meats to feed dogs, according to a McClatchy News report.

However, ham is "high in sodium and fat," so it's a good idea to give just a little with dogs, while pork is safe and "easily digestible for them," McClatchy News reported.

Dogs can or can't eat Thanksgiving BREADS & DESSERTS

Raw dough is not allowed, but you can give your dogs some baked bread, according to McClatchy News.

Feeding them stuffing is also not safe, according to WFOR. The ASPCA says "After a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough into carbon dioxide and alcohol".

This can result in the hospitalization of a pet, according to the organization. Pet owners must also prevent pets from sticking their noses into the dessert batter because of the risk of food poisoning, according to the organization.

Chocolate, coffee, caffeine, milk and dairy products are also on the list of foods not to be fed to dogs and cats, according to the organization.

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Dogs can or can't eat Thanksgiving VEGETABLES

Although dogs can eat some vegetables such as sweet potatoes, raw green beans, unseasoned carrots, pumpkin and corn, people should avoid feeding them garlic, onions, cooked green beans, mushrooms and mashed potatoes, according to WFOR. "Just tasting mashed potatoes should not be a concern" ASPCA says.

Dogs can or can't eat Thanksgiving FRUITS

Apples are good to give to dogs, says ASPCA. But you should avoid feeding a lot of fruits and nuts, including: grapes, raisins, avocados, citrus fruits, coconut/coconut oil, macadamia nuts, almonds, pecans and walnuts, depending on the organization.

If pet owners want to offer their furry friends their own meal, be sure to include only "small pieces of turkey. and driblles of gravy," says the organization.

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