Fido’s Thanksgiving Agenda

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people are starting to get ready for the autumn holiday. Your canine pal may also have some Turkey Day plans of his own! Read on as a local Pleasanton, CA vet discusses Fido’s plans for Thanksgiving.


Your pup will most likely start out the day with a good walk. If your pet tends to get a bit hyper, take a longer walk than usual, and then tire him out with a fun session of Fetch. Fido will be calmer and better behaved if he’s a bit tired!

Supervise The Cooking

Your canine buddy may very well be underfoot as you start preparing for the big day. Offer your pup a puzzle toy, such as a Kong toy filled with peanut butter. This will keep him occupied . . . and out of the way.

Greet Visitors

Fido takes his door-doggy duties very seriously! Your pooch will likely let you know whenever the doorbell rings. If your furry buddy tends to be wary of visitors or is prone to dashing out open doors, keep him in his crate or in a quiet back room as people are coming and going. Make sure he has toys and soft bedding to keep him occupied.


Dogs can be very, very theatrical when it comes to begging. Your furry little actor will put on his most heartbreaking sad-puppy-dog eyes at dinner. It’s fine to give your dog a holiday treat, but be sure to stick with things that are safe for him. Cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry with the skin, bones, and fat removed is a good option. Fido can also have some deli meat, or a little cheese or egg. Never give your pet anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; nuts; pitted fruits; avocados; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; or xylitol. Other dangerous foods include meat on the bone and raw dough, meat, or yeast.


After dinner, Fido will likely be feeling a bit full, and will settle down into his doggy bed for a nap. Remember to take a Thanksgiving picture of your furry best friend! You may also want to offer your pooch a new toy. After all, dogs are definitely something to be thankful for!

Please call us, your Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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