Here Are 5 Tips on How to Enjoy Thanksgiving with Your Pet!

Thanksgiving is the day when we feel most grateful for the blessings in our lives. It’s a time for families to gather together and enjoy one another’s company—and of course, that includes our furry friends!

From sharing playtime with your pet to treating them to a special holiday-Here are 5 Thanksgiving tips for paw-rents and their pets to enjoy Thanksgiving together!


1. Properly Introduce Your Pet to Family and Friends

Will you have new guests attending your Thanksgiving festivities this year? Or perhaps a new pet to introduce to the entire family? This could be overwhelming and draining for not only you but also your pet. 

Introducing a pet to a new situation can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! If it’s a group of people you could confine your pet to a separate room until everyone has settled in… 

When ready, be sure to let your pet make the first move… It’s often best to not allow the new person to approach, speak or touch your dog until your pet makes the signal that this type of contact is acceptable, according to Donna Whitney, a Veterinary technician/dog trainer. 

2. Enjoy Pet-Friendly Activities 

What’s your Thanksgiving day look like?…

If it’s sitting around binging on a new TV series… This is the perfect opportunity for someone to curl up next to your pet.

Or… maybe it’s throwing the football around the yard. Then you can bring out an exciting toy for your furry friend, so they can take part in the fun!

3. Share Pet Safe Thanksgiving Goodies

Many pet parents and guests usually want to share the Thanksgiving meal with pets. That can be a problem because sometimes things on the table contain ingredients that are harmful to our furry friends. 

So it’s best to ensure you know which foods are safe and be sure your guests are also aware.

If this sounds like a bad idea, we advise giving your furry pal treats while everyone is snacking. 

 Here’s a list of common Thanksgiving food items that AREN’T safe for pets to consume:

  • Onions and garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Raisins
  • Cooked bones
  • Heavy fats like butter and turkey skin
  • Alcohol
  • Nutmeg
  • Chocolate

4. Invest In a Distraction 

As the meal is just about finished, it’s normal for everyone’s mouths to begin to water from the delicious smells. Your pet may not be able to resist the temptation as well, so occupying them with a long-lasting chew treat will ensure he or she stays entertained and out of the line of foot traffic.

You can treat them to a bunch of fun, holiday Chewy goodies made just for pets, so they can enjoy a tasty treat like the rest of the family!

5. After Dinner Walks

After dinner, hopefully, your pet will be ready to snooze… if not, heading outside for a walk is beneficial for you and your pet! It will also give you some quiet time with just you and your pet after a long day with others.

Spot wants to wish you and your pet a happy, safe holiday season!

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