Thanksgiving foods your dog can safely eat and ones to avoid

As we load up our plates for Thanksgiving dinner, it might be tempting to sneak your dogs a snack from the table. 

It's easy to offer up the turkey bones, but the American Kennel Club and American Veterinary Medical Association say to avoid that as they can potentially cause damage to your pet's digestive tract.

Many other foods aren't good for your pup either.

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"When it comes to the foods you shouldn't feed your dog, foods like ham, turkey skin, and gravy tend to be fatty, which can cause pancreatitis in dogs," Sarah Bank, American Kennel Club Communications Coordinator, says. "Chocolate and other sweet holiday desserts contain xylitol, which is toxic for dogs. While raisins and grapes don't contain xylitol, they happen to be toxic as well."

Bank also mentions not giving your dogs food that is heavy on seasonings.

Not to worry, there are healthier and safer choices to share with your dog.

From green beans to sweet potatoes, plenty of fall favorites can be good options for your dog to share in small portions during holiday festivities.

"Moderation is key. Be mindful of how much you're giving your pet. Even if it's healthy for them, too much can still cause stomach issues," says Bank.

Here is a list from Bank and the American Kennel Society on foods your dog can eat and some foods your pup should avoid.

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