While your packing up the turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole into Tupperware, you may find yourself tempted to throw Fido a little snack or two from the huge pile of leftovers on the counter.

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During the holidays, food is around the house in abundance. Before you decide to give your furry friends a taste, remember that not all human food is safe for dogs to ingest. According to Rover.com, the good news is you actually can include your pup and you both can indulge in leftovers aplenty; that is, as long as you keep these specifics in mind.


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    Green Beans are Safe

    Don't think about letting Fido try any of Aunt Sharon's greenbean casserole. Rover.com says garlic and onions are a hard 'no' for dogs. They're both toxic; the casserole could even cause blood cell damage.

    Plain green beans, however, are absolutely fine! They're rich in fiber and obviously have vitamins and minerals needed by both humans and canines alike.

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    No Processed Sugars or Dairy

    Ice cream is out. Rover.com suggests yogurt-based desserts instead if you want a smash-cake moment during the holidays. Just imagine the cute Kodak moment.

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    No Turkey Bones

    This one should be common sense. Turkey bones are small and can cause an obstruction, thereby choking the dog. You can, apparently, allow your pup to indulge in some cooked turkey breast. Skinless, of course.

  • 4

    Nix the Sweet Potato Casserole

    No green bean casserole nor sweet potato. However, sweet potatoes in the raw are a perfect source of vitamin C.

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    Pumpkin, ONLY IF...

    Thanksgiving means pumpkin everything. This can even be extended to your pup IF and ONLY IF the pumpkin is included in healthy treats. As it turns out, canned pumpkin is fine for dogs to ingest. No pumpkin pie, though. That's not good on a dog's digestive system.

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