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Thanksgiving is a time of family, good food and thankfulness. Unfortunately, it is also one of the busiest days for veterinarians due to people wanting to include their pup in the meal. Be sure you know what snacks are safe for your pets to eat this holiday before giving them anything. Here are four common foods at Thanksgiving your dog will love without risking a visit to the vet.

Turkey Breast

Give your dog a small piece of the main dish! Just be sure there is no skin or seasonings on the piece you give them in order to keep safe.


Overall, pumpkin itself is a very healthy snack for your pup. It helps with digestive health as well as improves your dog’s skin and coat!

Green Beans

As long as they aren’t covered in anything too fatty (gravy, butter, cream of mushroom soup, etc.), green beans can provide a low-calorie, high-fiber snack for dogs.


Dogs can enjoy both sweet and regular potatoes! Keep it simple, and only give them potatoes that have been boiled or baked, with no added ingredients.


This snack is full of fiber as well as vitamins A and C. Your dog can enjoy apples as long as you cut around the core and remove all the seeds.

Now that you know what snacks you can give your pup, here are some you cannot give them:

  • Turkey bones or skin
  • Gravy
  • Foods that contain spices
  • Stuffing
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Casseroles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ham
  • Fatty foods
  • Chocolate, cookies, pies and sweets
  • Raisins and grapes

To be extra safe, make sure your dog can’t get into the trash afterwards and sneak in these bad treats.

This Thanksgiving, include your pup! Be sure to give them safe snacks – in moderation – to keep them happy and healthy. If your pet gets into something they shouldn’t, seek help right away.


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