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Do’s and Don’ts for your Dog with Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Do’sAlbuquerque Pet Thanksgiving

1. Give your dog well-cooked Turkey meat– If you have to give a little treat to your pooch, you can give them some of that yummy turkey meat as long as it is well cooked and has no bones. Make sure it is from the interior of the bird and does not have any skin or spice on it. There are spices that are toxic to dogs.

2. Give your dog some nice (un-spiced) vegetables! They will love it! Are you making broccoli, squash, or carrots? Throw some in their food dish before you add any butter, sugar, or spices. It is the perfect treat!

3. Let your pup join in the feast. When it is time to eat, stuff their kong with bits of turkey, kibble, and vegetables (un-spiced)

Turkey Day Don’ts

4. Don’t give your dog turkey bones or any part of the carcass.  The bones are brittle and can break off into small pieces causing damage to their mouth, throat, and stomach. A lot of people want to share these and think they are great leftovers for the pup, but they can be deadly.

5. No cranberries, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, or anything with herbs – Many of our Thanksgiving foods have great tasting things in them like onions, raisins, grapes, and herbs that are super delicious to us but toxic for your pup. So better to be safe than sorry, and just don’t share

6. Don’t share your beer or wine. They might like it but it can cause them serious health complications that can cause them to go into a coma. So put your glass on the table instead of the floor.

7. No dessert for doggie! Chocolate is toxic for dogs and most other deserts will give them an upset stomach and you may end up cleaning up more than just dishes.

8. No raw dough! If you are baking bread, make sure that your dog doesn’t get into the bow. The dough can rise in their stomach causing big issues.

Some Turkey Tips

9. Keep the garbage can secure…your festive pooch may decide to dig into his own feast in the trash while you are eating dinner. This can lead to a big clean-up as well as let him eat some things that may be very bad for him.

10. Guard your plate! Some sneaky dogs may try to steal food off your plate while you are not looking.

11. Guard your centerpiece! It isn’t just your food that is at risk, many dogs like to eat the flowers out of your centerpiece. So make sure that the pup is staying away from the table.

12. Get her pooped! If you spend some extra time exercising before the big dinner starts, your dog will be more likely to run out of energy during the dinner instead of getting hyper.

13. Give your dog an escape. Not all dogs like crowds of people and he may not want to be social. So give him a quiet place to go where people won’t bother him.