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A Dog-Safe Thanksgiving: Tips for Including Your Pup in the Celebration

As Thanksgiving approaches, including your furry friend in the festivities can add warmth to the holiday season. To ensure a safe and joyous experience for your canine companion, consider these tips.

  1. Watch the Menu: Be mindful of ingredients that are harmful to dogs, such as onions, garlic, chocolate, and artificial sweeteners. Opt for dog-friendly recipes or prepare a separate plate with safe options like plain turkey, sweet potatoes, and green beans.

  2. No Bones About It: Avoid giving your dog poultry bones, as they can splinter and pose serious health risks. If sharing turkey, ensure it's boneless and well-cooked.

  3. Create a Safe Space: Designate a quiet area with water, a bed, and toys for your dog to retreat to if the festivities become overwhelming.

  4. Mind the Decor: Keep an eye on decorations like candles and flowers that may attract your dog's curiosity. Opt for pet-safe decor or place items out of reach.

  5. Stick to Routine: Maintain your dog's regular schedule amidst the holiday hustle. Stick to feeding and walking times, and provide opportunities for play and exercise.

  6. Set Boundaries for Guests: Communicate any rules or boundaries for your dog to guests. Creating a positive and stress-free environment benefits everyone.

This Thanksgiving, cherish the companionship of your dog by incorporating these simple precautions. With a little mindfulness, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for both you and your furry friend.


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