Thanksgiving is fast approaching (which means Christmas is right around the corner, yay!), and even though all of us Americans look forward to stuffing our faces with all of the comfort food that will fit on one table, we can’t let our puppies indulge in the same type of gluttony. Even though Lucas would love nothing more than to be set loose on a table full of Thanksgiving dinner, there are a lot of reasons why he can’t, so it’s important to make sure that you and your pooch (and your human guests) follow these tips in the same way that Lucas and our family does.
1. No Bones on Thanksgiving
Unless you’re giving your dog one of their own bones, there should be zero consumption of bones this Thanksgiving. Turkey bones are hollow inside, which could lead to splintering and sharp edges, which are no good for a dog’s digestion. Make sure to keep plates with bones, as well as the carved turkey away from where your pooch could reach it (and even though all dog owners know that chicken and turkey bones are a no-no, make sure your pet-less guests are aware as well).
2. Stuff Your Turkey, Your Belly, and Your Guests, Not Your Furry Friend
While you are busy stuffing your face (as you should), make sure that your pooch isn’t going from guest to guest receiving table food hand outs. It’s perfectly fine for your dog to have a taste of a bit of cooked turkey with his food, but avoid large amounts, and avoid the skin as well because it isn’t good for your dog. If your dog has a Kong toy, stuff that with some of his food and the turkey so that they are kept busy for a while. It would be the smartest option to do this while your guests are eating as well, so that there is less chance that those puppy dog eyes that convey starvation will be able to make their rounds.
3. Onions Make Everybody Cry
Onions are toxic to dogs, similar to the ways herbs and spices are. They can lead to a dangerous form of anemia that can go undetected for days, so make sure to keep onions away from your dog at all costs to avoid an ER visit.
4. Make Your Dog Feel Like He’s Run in the Parade
If you spend Thanksgiving morning trying to tire out your dog, you may be pleasantly surprised at how well behaved he is during dinner. Long walks while the turkey is in the oven and even a game of football fetch on the lawn are great ways to poop out your pooch. A sleepy dog is a well-behaved one, so tire them out with a game or a run, not with all of the tryptophan in the turkey.
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and keep those pooches out of trouble!