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3 foods you can share with your dog on Thanksgiving (and 3 you can't!)

Thanksgiving in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Carlos)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather around the table and share one another's company - and food.

Sometimes that includes the family dog.

And that can cause problems for your furry friend.

Dr. Alan Ross, a veterinarian at Companion Animal Clinic in Roseburg, said he sees an increase of dogs that come in during the holiday season for pancreatitis, inflammation in the pancreas.

Ross said there are certain foods you should avoid giving to your dog.

There are others that are OK to share.

Here are three things NOT to give to your dog during Thanksgiving:

  • Ham is the worst offender. Anything that is fatty and high and too high in protein can cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. This also includes turkey skins and gravy.
  • Grapes and raisins are toxic. You would have an emergency if you catch it in time, but if not, death.
  • Turkey bones can cause constipation and penetrate the bowel which can lead to peritonitis.

Here are three things you CAN give to your dog during Thanksgiving:

  • Plain mashed potatoes with nothing on them (That includes butter, people)
  • Plain turkey meat, but a small serving
  • Plain veggies with no butter, salt or condiment on them.

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