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Preparing for Thanksgiving with Your Dog

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This year Thanksgiving may be a little different. For some it means smaller meals, or instead of a table full family members you have your iPad at a place setting with people on Zoom. But many people are still doing up a turkey day dinner. There are some important safety tips for keeping your pooch in good health on Thanksgiving.

Doggie Do’s

1. Give your dog well-cooked Turkey meat– Do not give them any skin, or bones, or any part with any spice. Giving them plain white meat is the best for them. What is even better is cooking them up some of their own turkey breasts with no spices.

2. Give your dog some nice (un-spiced) vegetables! They will love it! As you are chopping carrots and broccoli, toss Fido a couple of pieces. You will wish your kids ate up those vegetables as fast as your dog does.

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). Feeding your dog at the same time can help reduce some begging on their part and helps them feel a part of the activities.

Doggie 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. If you want to give them bones as a treat, talk to your butcher about bones that will be ok for your dog.

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. Honestly, it is good advice for people too.

Some Turkey Tips

9. Keep the garbage can secure. Another good reason to feed your dog at the same time you are eating, it will keep them out of the trash! Right now your trash can smells especially delicious and is likely filled with lots of delicious foods that will give your dog diarrhea and cause them to vomit. If your dog won’t leave the trashcan alone, you may want to take it out before your meal.

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 isnt just your food that is at risk, many dogs like to eat the flowers out of your centerpiece. So make sure that 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.