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How To Have A Thanksgiving Day With Your Dog

Thanksgiving is only around the corner! As we approach the end of the year, we celebrate the harvest season and reflect on our blessings. Many Americans express their thanks to food, family, football, and most importantly, their pets! 

So, in this blog, we answer your Dog Thanksgiving questions, such as; ‘Can dogs eat Thanksgiving food? How to keep your dog calm during celebrations and how to show your dog you are thankful for them.'

Can dogs eat Thanksgiving food?

Can dogs eat thanksgiving food? Dog holding bowl

To put it simply, yes and no.

Though some of the foods here your dog will be undoubtedly excited to tuck into, some foods are also dangerous to your dog’s health, so it’s important to understand and pick out which foods are good and bad for your dog before you decide to feed them their Thanksgiving dinner.

A typical Thanksgiving dinner is packed with a wide variety of different choices, with the main star of the show and some smaller dishes to accompany, resulting in a blast of flavorsome foods entering your mouth. All while being hearty and wholesome along with some drinks to make the day even more special.

However, a lot of the foods in the dinner can be dangerous to your dog’s health, so we’ve picked out what they can and can’t eat so you don’t have to!

What your dog can eat

  • Sweet potatoes or normal potatoes which are only boiled or baked with no butter sour cream salt or pepper 
  • Apples 
  • Turkey meat with no bones or skin as well as any seasoning 
  • Green beans 
  • Pumpkins
  • Desserts such as frozen yogurt

What your dog can’t eat

  • Turkey bones skin 
  • Gravy 
  • Stuffing 
  • Casserole 
  • Mashed potatoes 
  • Creamed peas 
  • Chocolate, cookies, pies, and sweets 
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Raisins
  • Grapes 
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Yeast dough 
  • Fatty foods
  • Any foods that contain spices.

We all know dogs love eating meat and a great way to keep your dog’s love and keep them healthy is by supplementing products that aid digestion and contribute to healthy gut bacteria as well as maintaining an intestinal balance. Products such as Pet Care Science’s probiotic powder for dogs are a great way to keep your dog healthy and active for a long time. The probiotic powder also supports gastrointestinal health while supporting a healthy immune system.

How to keep your dog calm during Thanksgiving 

How to keep your dog calm during Thanksgiving, dog sleeping on couch

Every Thanksgiving day has to have celebration activities before and after dinner. When bringing your pets, it’s important to know that they can become overwhelmed in a new environment full of new people.

Before arriving, ask the host if there’s anywhere for your dog to escape to relax if they seem agitated or anxious. Small beds or comfort items such as blankets are a great way to help your dog calm down if Thanksgiving is becoming too much for the canine.

In addition to that, exercise and mental stimulation are always important for our dogs. One suggestion is to get up half an hour earlier to go for a walk or run with your dog, that way you have plenty of time to run through any errands you have for the day. Special puzzle toys also help our dogs get plenty of mental stimulation during the day so they feel more relaxed than usual.

Sometimes, the holiday becomes too much and dogs will start exhibiting stress-related issues. Try Pet Care Science’s Calming Aid, featuring natural chamomile flowers to relax the nervous system and muscles, packed with passion flower to reduce anxiety symptoms, and made with natural ginger root to help alleviate discomfort.

 You can shop for Calming Aid here!

How to show your dog that you are thankful for them

How to show your dog that you are thankful for them, dog smiling after being scratched

There are so many ways to show your dog that you are thankful for them, and each dog has their special interests which you can cater to on the day of Thanksgiving. It’s important to express our appreciation to our family and friends, so why not express appreciation to our dogs too? Here are some ways to show that appreciation:

  1. Go for a walk to your dog’s favorite place. Every dog has their favorite place to go to. So why not go and take them there? Your dog will have a great time and appreciate the exercise before the big day ahead of both you and your dog begins with the stress and overstimulation of guests arriving.
  2. Participate in your dog’s favorite activity. What does your dog love doing the most? Swimming? Running? Doggie daycare? Or maybe fetch? Whatever it is, spend some time and play with your dog in their favorite activity, embrace the love!
  3. Snuggle in front of the television. Dogs love being cuddled with their favorite human, after the Thanksgiving celebrations, spend some time relaxing and bonding and make sure to offer extra scratches and belly rubs too!

Overall, Thanksgiving is an important day to realize how impactful dogs can be in your life. The holiday celebrates the idea of thanking the ones who positively impact your life as well as being appreciative of them and what they do for you. It’s important to include your dog in these activities to make them feel more welcome and appreciative as part of the family, but also keep an eye on what they eat and how they feel when it comes to the celebrations. A lot of the food on Thanksgiving day can be quite dangerous for your furry friend, and the celebrations might be too stressful for them to handle as well, so please keep in mind your dog’s health over the holidays!

How are you and your pet going to be spending this year’s Thanksgiving? Do you have any traditions that your pet gets involved with? Tell us in the comments!


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