Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving isn't necessarily for the dogs, but why shouldn't it be? We know plenty of families out there that are certainly thankful for their four-legged companions. So let's talk about making Thanksgiving fun for your dog as well as your family.
Dogs will beg for anything that you will give them and they will positively drool at the sight of your plate full of gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes. However, a fatty meal of these "human foods" will wreck havoc on their digestive system and you will both feel badly later that you gave your pup foods he should not eat. So instead, indulge your pet wisely. Give him some bits of turkey without the gravy. Give him some mashed sweet potato without the butter or marshmellows. Let him try a small bit of cranberry sauce to see if he likes it. You may feel like you're holding back, but if your dog has a steady diet of kibble, these healthy Thanksgiving Day treats will be heaven that won't upset his stomach later.
For dessert, remember that dogs love apples. Instead of a fatty piece of apple pie, slice a few apples up for your dogs bowl and watch them enjoy.
One more important reminder: NEVER give your dog turkey (or chicken for that matter) bones. These bones are too small and fragile for a dogs strong mouth. Inform everyone in the house that no bones should be giving to the family pet.
Keep an eye on your pet in the kitchen. Great food smells will draw both man and dog to the kitchen. Make sure not to put hot dishes near the edge of counters so as not to tempt your pets. This will avoid ruined dinners and possible burns from scalding juices or sauces.
If you are having visitors for Thanksgiving, upon their arrival introduce them to your pet and inform them of his routines and special quirks. This should help avoid any unnecessary mishaps. Also, be aware of children running around the house. Make sure they are aware of pet safety rules and know how to play nice with your pets. Even the nicest of dogs can bite or scratch if they are excited or surprised. If you are the visitors, ask permission before bringing your pets along with you and have a plan ready upon your arrival.
Before your meal, let your guests know the policy on feeding Fido. If the rules are set up ahead of time, there should be no issue. If you don't have a policy of feeding your dog at the table, pre-make a special plate for your pup. Allow guests to pass the plate and feed your dog what is there. Once it's gone there are no seconds for Fido and everyone will have had their fun.
We hope your two and four-legged family have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-527-3799 or use our contact form to e-mail us questions.