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Thanksgiving With Fido

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As you start making preparations for the autumn holiday, your canine buddy will no doubt be right underfoot, and paying very close attention to that delicious holiday food. Fido is definitely something to be thankful for! However, Turkey Day can be dangerous for Man’s Best Friend, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your furry pal safe. Here, an Orangevale, CA vet discusses Thanksgiving with dogs.

Food

If there’s one thing we can say for sure about our canine companions, it’s that they definitely have healthy appetites. It’s fine to offer your pup a special snack, but be very careful with what you give him: many popular holiday foods are toxic to dogs. Don’t give Fido chocolate; nuts; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; alcohol; caffeine; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits, especially avocados; or anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also a no-no, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast. You can get Fido’s cute tail wagging by offering him some plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, fat, or bones. Ask your vet for more information.

Guests

If Fido tends to get over-excited when guests arrive, or if he has a habit of saying hello to people by jumping on them, set him up in a quiet back room with food, toys, and bedding. Put a baby gate at the door, so your canine friend can still see, hear, and interact with you.

Household Hazards

Keep Fido in mind when decorating and cleaning up. Candles, potpourri burners, heaters, and fireplaces are all dangerous for our four-legged pals. We also recommend using a garbage can with a secure lid, just in case your pet tries to dig leftovers out of the trash. The garbage could contain bones, toothpicks, tinfoil, can lids, plastic wrap, and other dangerous items.

Grooming

If you’re having company over, remember to bathe Fido, or take him to the groomer’s, a few days before the holiday. You want your furry buddy looking—and smelling—great for visitors.

Exercise

Before your guests arrive, take Fido for a nice, long walk, and then indulge him with a fun play session. Dogs are much calmer—and better behaved—when they’re a bit tired!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Orangevale, CA animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care.

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