Thanksgiving is next week! Many people are already preparing for the autumn holiday. It’s always nice to slow down and spend some quality time with our loved ones, enjoying some delicious food and just reflecting on the things we’re grateful for. Dogs are definitely at the top of that list! A local Fort Bragg, NC vet offers some tips on keeping Fido happy, healthy, and safe on Turkey Day in this article.
Is your canine pal very active? Does Fido get worked up if guests come over? Tire your pup out with a vigorous walk and play session before guests arrive.
Before the big day, give your furry friend a brushing and/or bath. We’d also recommend dusting and vacuuming thoroughly, and changing your filters. You want your pooch to put his best paw forward!
Allergies are far from uncommon: as many as 20 percent of the world’s population is allergic to Man’s Best Friend. If you know or suspect that your dinner guests have allergies, set out tissues and OTC meds.
Fido is definitely going to be both curious and interested about those mouth-watering dishes. There’s nothing wrong with fixing your furry buddy a plate. Just stick with safe options. Turkey is fine, and will definitely score you some tail wags. (Your canine friend will also be happy to help with some of those leftovers.) Only give your pup plain, cooked meat, without the skin, bones, or fat. Other unsafe foods include garlic and onions, scallions and chives; grapes and raisins; avocado; pitted fruits; chocolate; alcohol; and anything that contains xylitol.
Keep Fido’s chewing habits in mind as you decorate. Many holiday decorations present choking or entanglement risks. Be cautious with anything that could be dangerous, such as small or sharp objects; anything ropy or stringy, such as garlands, twine, or ribbons; candles, wax burners, and potpourri pots; and anything made of cardboard, soft plastic, or other materials your canine buddy may chew.
It’s not a bad idea to set down a few simple rules to help ensure that everything goes well between your pet and your company. Ask visitors not to feed or discipline Fido. If there are small children about, keep a close eye on things. You may also want to put your pooch in a separate area during the meal.
Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Fort Bragg, NC pet hospital, we’re here for you!