Thanksgiving With Fido

The holiday season is just around the corner! Many of us are already looking forward to Thanksgiving. It’s always great to relax and unwind with our loved ones over some delicious food. Your canine companion is also an important part of the family. Fido will no doubt be underfoot as you get ready for your Turkey Day feast. Read on as a local San Jose, CA vet discusses Thanksgiving with dogs.

Exercise

Before your guests arrive, take Fido for a nice, long walk, and indulge him in a fun play session. This will burn off your canine friend’s excess energy, so he’ll be a bit calmer.

Food

Many of those yummy seasonal dishes are very dangerous to dogs. Never give your pooch meat on the bone; avocados or other pitted fruits; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; gravy; garlic and onions; chocolate; alcohol; or anything that contains xylitol. If you want to give your furry friend a special treat, offer him cooked, unseasoned meat, fish, or poultry, without the bones, skin, or fat. Fido can also have plain, cooked sweet or regular potatoes; carrots; green beans; peas; or pumpkin, as long as they aren’t seasoned with butter, spices, or other toppings.

Guests

Dogs often get very excited when company comes over. Keep Fido in a quiet back room, with bedding, toys, and food, when people start arriving. That way, your pup won’t bowl people over when he wants to say hello. This can also prevent your canine pal from dashing out an open door, or getting stepped on.

Decorations

Candles may add the perfect touch to your holiday spread, but don’t place them anywhere that Fido could reach them or knock them over. You’ll also want to be sure to keep any other decorative items away from those furry paws. Items with small parts, sharp edges, or dangling threads can be very dangerous to dogs!

Begging

Before you sit down to eat, ask your guests not to feed your dog without permission. If your furry buddy has a bad begging habit, put your theatrical pet in a crate or a quiet room during dinner. Begging is bad doggy manners! Besides, even if you don’t mind your pup’s soulful stare, it can make others uncomfortable.

Enjoy your holiday! Please contact us, your San Jose, CA animal clinic, anytime. We are here to provide your beloved pet with excellent care!

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