Thanksgiving is a holiday where families gather to enjoy a huge meal...and when a dog is part of the family, many people are tempted to include him or her in the celebration.  (Or sometimes, a pooch might decide to treat themselves to food left unattended on a dining room, kitchen or even the trash).

Some "people" foods served at Thanksgiving are safe for dogs, but others can be very dangerous for your four-legged friend.  Let's start with the star of the meal, the turkey.  According to USA Today, "turkey bones can do serious damage and are potentially fatal" to dogs.  Experts suggest that you make sure a turkey carcass is secured in a bag that your dog cannot get into.

If your pup does get a hold of turkey bones, you should get them to an emergency vet since narrow bones can cause internal injuries.  (By the way, if you don't know where your closest emergency vet is located, you should check on that now so that you don't have to go searching if and when a true emergency arises).

A few small pieces of unseasoned white turkey meat should okay for your dog, but you should not feed them the skin from a turkey (or other high fat content foods).  The fat can cause an upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis.

Some other common foods that can cause serious health issues for dogs:  chocolate, nuts, grapes & raisins, salty items, garlic, onions, and chives.  If you think your pet has eaten something it shouldn't have, you can always call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please note that a $65 consultation fee may apply.