Thanksgiving is coming up fast! It’s always great to slow down a bit and enjoy some delicious food with our loved ones. Many people also have their own traditions, whether it’s watching the game, taking a hike, or watching a movie. Of course, our canine buddies have their own plans for the autumn holiday. A Pasadena, MD discusses Fido’s holiday schedule below.
Fido has been a watchdog for a very long time, and is really good about announcing visitors. If you’re hosting the annual gathering this year, your canine pal will let you know whenever there is someone at the door.
Fido will be paying very close attention when that turkey comes out of the oven. Go ahead and share some with your pup. Just be sure to only give him plain, cooked meat, with no skin, bones, fat, or gravy. This also applies to other types of meat, fish, and poultry. Fido can also have some cooked squash, potatoes, peas, carrots, or spinach. Never give your dog anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; pitted fruit; alcohol; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are raw dough and yeast, and grapes, currants, and raisins.
Those crisp autumn days are absolutely perfect for walking Fido. Take him for a nice long stroll before your guests arrive. This will hopefully tire your pooch out a bit, so he’ll be calmer during the day. Of course, you may also want to take your dog out after dinner, so you can work off some of that feast!
Belly rubs, ear scritches, and forehead pets are all among Fido’s favorite things. Many dogs see visitors as opportunities for extra cuddles and treats, and therefore love it when guests come over. Others? Not so much. If your pooch is nervous around company, consider putting him in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding, so he can relax and sleep. Use a baby gate at the door, so he doesn’t feel lonely or isolated.
Many people will happily settle into food comas at the end of the day. Settle down with Fido, and enjoy a good movie or perhaps some football. Dogs are definitely something to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, anytime!