Thanksgiving Tips for Dog Owners

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people are starting to prepare for the autumn holiday. Don’t forget about Fido! Read on as a Westminster, MD vet offers tips on keeping your dog happy, safe, and healthy on Turkey Day.

Doggy Workout

Before your guests arrive, take your pooch for a long walk, and then tire him out with a vigorous play session. If Fido is worn out, he’ll be calmer, and much better behaved.

Fur Busting

Dogs have a special way of filling our homes with love. They also fill our homes with fur. This can make guests uncomfortable, especially if they have allergies. Thoroughly dust and vacuum before the big day. We also recommend changing your air filters.


Make sure your pet puts his best paw forward by brushing or bathing him before the holiday. That way, Fido will be soft and clean when he goes around collecting ear scritches and belly rubs.

Offer Safe Foods

Dogs are definitely something to be thankful for. It’s fine to offer your pooch a special treat. Just be careful what you give him, as many people foods are toxic to dogs. Never give Fido anything that contains grapes, currants, or raisins; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; chocolate; pitted fruits, especially avocado; or xylitol. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are also dangerous, as are meat on the bone and raw meat, dough, or yeast.


Keep Fido in mind as you are putting up seasonal decorations. Garlands and wreaths can both entangle or choke playful pets. You’ll also want to be sure to keep candles in high, secure spots that your pup can’t reach.


As you may have noticed, Fido is a pretty efficient beggar, and is really good at convincing us to fork over tasty treats at dinner. This is bad doggy manners, and can make guests uncomfortable. Consider putting your pooch in his crate or in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding as you are serving and eating dinner.


Man’s Best Friend is certainly not above going through the garbage in the hopes of scoring some leftovers. Use a trashcan with a secure lid. The garbage could contain things that are dangerous for dogs, such as bones, can lids, tin foil, and toothpicks.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Westminster, MD vet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance.

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