Thanksgiving With Your Best Friend

One of the holidays we can’t wait for is just around the corner! We look forward to the delicious food, amazing company, and the kickoff of the holiday season. But how does your best furry friend fit in with your Thanksgiving plans?

The dos and don’ts of Thanksgiving food

We are thankful for our furry family members. They bring so much joy, laughter, and love into our homes. When they sit near the table with their sweet puppy eyes, sometimes we can’t help but give in – and give them some goodies off of our plates. But not everything is safe for your pup. Check out the list below of foods that your dog can have in moderation and foods they definitely need to go without.

Foods that are okay:

  • Sweet potatoes – but hold the marshmallows.
  • Turkey – without seasoning or skin, and keep your pup away from the bones.
  • Green beans – feed them raw (before they turn into the famous casserole).
  • Carrots – raw or cooked.
  • Pumpkin – raw, cooked, or canned pumpkin
  • Mashed potatoes – plain and without the fixings.

Foods to stay away from

  • Stuffing
  • Turkey gravy
  • Pumpkin pie (or canned pumpkin pie filling)
  • Cranberry sauce

If you are having guests over, make sure they are not sneaking food to your dog either. They can fall victim to those puppy eyes too!

Be our guest

If you are planning to have a lot of guests come over for the feast, it can be both exciting and anxiety-ridden for your dog. One of the best ways to help with both of those two behaviors is exercise! Take your pup for a walk while someone watches the turkey roast or throw the ball in the backyard to get some of that energy out.

Another way to promote calming behavior is to give them CBD oil before the guests arrive – about 30-45 prior should be enough time for your dog to feel the calming effects.

Traveling

With most pets, it is likely that they struggle with anxiety while traveling or going new places in general. Unfamiliar places, smells, and routine can be a scary thing for pets. If your dog experiences travel anxiety, you will likely want to find something easy that works so that you can both travel comfortably and peacefully, and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. Try bringing along something of theirs/yours so they have a familiar scent, such as a favorite toy or blanket. CBD oil can also be a great natural alternative to help calm their nerves.

At the end of the holiday, we want Thanksgiving to be enjoyable for you and your furry best friend! By taking extra precautions while feeding Thanksgiving food, and being able to calm your dog’s anxiety are great ways to ensure an amazing time with friends and family!

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