Thanksgiving Dog Care Tips

Thanksgiving Dog Care Tips

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is almost here. We’re definitely very grateful for our canine friends! Fido is an important part of the family, and will be right by your side during your holiday festivities. Read on as a Longview, TX vet discusses Thanksgiving care for Fido.

Preparation

Before the big day, give your canine buddy a bath, or at least a good brushing. We also recommend vacuuming and dusting, and changing your air filters. Use a rubber dish glove, squeegee, or damp sponge to get pet fur off your furniture. If you use removable slipcovers on your furniture, give them a good washing. You may want to wash Fido’s doggy bed, too.

The Big Day

Before your guests arrive, take Fido for a long walk. Then, indulge him with a fun play session. This will burn off his excess energy, so he’ll be calmer afterwards.

Food

Your furry pal will definitely take note of that delicious holiday meal. Go ahead and give your pup some of that delicious turkey. Just be sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat first. Fido can also have some cooked, plain squash, potato, beans, peas, carrots, pumpkin, eggs, or spinach. Just be careful not to give him any unsafe foods. Some of the things that are toxic to dogs include garlic, scallions, onions, and chives; nuts; chocolate; alcohol; pitted fruit; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; or anything containing xylitol.

Guests

Fido will announce visitors as they arrive. If he has a habit of saying ‘hello’ to people by jumping on them, put him in his crate or a quiet back room as people are coming and going. You may also want to keep your canine pal in another area during dinner, especially if he has a tendency to beg. Make sure your furry friend has food, toys, treats, and comfy bedding. Also, don’t keep him isolated for long. After all, Fido is part of the family!

Hazards

Thanksgiving can be dangerous for Man’s Best Friend! Fido may try to get into the trash, which could contain things like tin foil, toothpicks, and bones. Candles, potpourri burners, wreaths, garlands, and other decorations can also be hazardous to your pet. Keep a close eye on your four-legged friend!

Happy Thanksgiving! Contact us, your Longview, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here for you!

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