Thanksgiving With Fido

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! The autumn holiday gives us a well-deserved chance to slow down and enjoy some quality time with our loved ones. Many of us are already looking forward to that delicious seasonal food! If you have a dog, remember to keep Fido in mind as you make your holiday plans. Read on as a Hendersonville, NC vet discusses Thanksgiving with Fido.


Your canine buddy will probably be very interested in that delicious holiday spread. After all, there are few things dogs love more than a good meal. It’s fine to give your furry friend a special treat, but be very careful with what you feed him. Many people foods are toxic to pets! Never give your pooch meat on the bone; garlic or onions; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; chocolate; nuts; alcohol; caffeinated beverages; or anything that contains xylitol. However, it is safe to share some turkey with Fido, as long as it is cooked and unseasoned, and has the bones, skin, and fat removed. Cooked, plain sweet potatoes; squash; pumpkin; green beans; peas; and carrots are also fine. Ask your vet for more information.


You may want to take a few simple precautions to make sure that interactions between your guest and your pet run smoothly. Begging can be a bit of a problem at holidays. Man’s Best Friend has definitely perfected that adorable, soulful stare that is so effective at getting us to hand over yummy snacks! Begging is bad doggy manners, however, and can make people uncomfortable. Another thing to consider is your dog’s reactions to company. Does Fido tend to say hello to your guests by jumping on them? Consider putting Fido in his crate when people are arriving and during dinner. You can also put your pup in a quiet room with bedding, toys, and food. Put a baby gate at the door, so your furry best friend can still see, hear, and interact with you, and won’t feel isolated or lonely.


Before your company arrives, take Fido for a long walk, and spend some time playing with him. This will burn off some of your playful pet’s extra zing, so he’ll be calmer–and better behaved–around your guests.

Enjoy your holiday! Please contact us for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. As your Hendersonville, NC animal hospital, we’re here to help!

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