Fido’s Thanksgiving Plans

Thanksgiving is coming up fast. We’re definitely very thankful for our canine friends. Fido is an important part of the family! Your dog will be paying very close attention as you prepare for the big day. Actually, your four-legged friend may very well have his own doggy agenda for Turkey Day! Read on as a local Chattanooga, TN vet discusses Fido’s plans for Thanksgiving.


Before your visitors arrive, take Fido for a long walk, and then tire him out with a fun play session. This will help your pooch burn off any excess energy that he has. Your canine friend will be much calmer if he’s a bit worn out. This is a good thing. After all, tired dogs are good dogs!

Greet Visitors

One great thing about dogs is that they act as furry, four-legged doorbells. Your fuzzy pal will spend a chunk of his day announcing guests and greeting your visitors. Make sure your canine companion puts his best paw forward by giving him a bath or a good brushing before the big day. If your furry buddy tends to say hello to people by, well, jumping on them, consider keeping him crated or in a quiet back room as people are coming and going. You don’t want your pup slipping out the door, or knocking that pumpkin pie out of your grandma’s hands!


Your canine pal will pay very close attention as you are preparing those delicious dishes. He may also put on his most theatrical—and adorable—feed-me-I’m-starving act, even if he’s already eaten. Go ahead and offer your pooch a special treat. Fido can have some turkey, or most other types of meat, fish, or poultry. Just be sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat. Your pet can also have some cooked, plain regular or sweet potatoes; peas; carrots; green beans; sodium-free broth; or cheese. Never give your pup meat on the bone; raw meat, yeast, or dough; or anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; alcohol; nuts; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, or raisins; or xylitol.


After a long day of snacking and collecting ear scritches, your canine buddy will likely be both full and tired. Make sure that Fido has a nice, comfy doggy bed to fall asleep in.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us here at Community Animal Hospital, your Chattanooga, TN veterinary clinic, anytime.

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