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4 Fun Ideas for Celebrating Thanksgiving With Your Pup

November 04, 2021

Thanksgiving is a special time for families to gather and bond over a feast while enjoying each other's company.

While Thanksgiving Day activities can be hectic, remember to include your furry friend too.

If you've invited many guests, it may be tempting to put your dog in another room, and while that may be all right for a short time, it is not a good long-term solution. Our dogs are social creatures, and they can become stressed if kept away from the Thanksgiving festivities and excitement. Keep reading for four ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with your dog.

Allow for proper introductions.

Shockingly, many people do not know how to appropriately greet a pet. Depending on his age or personality, guide your guests to let them know the best way to approach your furry family member.

Often, children will run aggressively toward dogs when overly excited or may run fearfully in the opposite direction. Share ideas about how to properly play with your dog. This will put everyone at ease, including your dog, and allow for a mutually satisfying experience.

A pup-friendly holiday feast.

Thanksgiving would not be complete without a feast, and while it is tempting to include our furry family members in the indulgences of the holiday, it can be dangerous. There are many great ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with your pet, though, without worrying about obesity, food toxicity, or an upset digestive system.

Be sure to consider any health conditions that might make you think twice before sharing any nibbles. The following are some great pet-friendly Thanksgiving treats that are safe for most pets in moderation.

  • Bake up some holiday-themed treats like this hearty sweet potato casserole or these perfectly spiced pumpkin pie dog biscuits.
  • Dogs can enjoy a tablespoon of pumpkin puree as a treat.
  • Allow pets to enjoy your yummy veggies, but be careful with any cooked with bacon, or in butter.
  • Blue Buffalo makes a Thanksgiving Day Feast canned food that has excellent reviews.

Organize some dog-friendly activities.

There are many fun ways to celebrate with your pup this Thanksgiving, but much of it will depend on what you have planned. Will your guests be relaxing and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and football? If so, let your dog curl up with them for some extra attention and cuddle time.

Is your family throwing the football around outside for the annual tradition? Get your pup involved by adding in a chew toy or a ball so he can join in the game too. The autumn weather is usually exceptional in eastern North Carolina, so get outside for some fresh air and exercise, whether it's a causal football game or a stroll around the neighborhood. Regardless of what you decide to do, help burn off that excess energy and keep him well-behaved.

To grandmother's house, you go.

Are you planning on bringing your pup with you on your holiday road trip? Make a list, so you don't forget any of their essentials while packing.

You want to be sure you have enough supplies for the time you're there, plus a little extra, just in case. Make sure you safely secure them in your vehicle while driving.

If your dog didn't make the invite list this Thanksgiving, bring them to College Road Animal Hospital for a safe and fun boarding stay.