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Fido’s Thanksgiving Agenda

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Dogs are definitely something to be thankful for! Actually, your pup may have some holiday plans of his own! Read on as a Happy Valley, OR vet discusses Fido’s Thanksgiving agenda.

Morning Workout

Before your guests arrive, take your dog for a nice, long walk. If you have a frisky pet, indulge him with a good play session as well. This will burn off his excess energy, leaving him calmer . . . and better behaved.

Supervise

Your furry friend will be paying very close attention as you start cooking those delicious seasonal dishes. He may also use this opportunity to work on his sad-puppy dog stare, the one that is so effective at scoring him yummy treats. It is a holiday, so offer your pet a special something. Just be sure to only give him safe, suitable foods. Some cooked, plain meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat, will do just fine.

Greet Visitors

Once the doorbell starts ringing, your canine companion may be very interested in greeting your visitors. If your pet tends to say hello to people by jumping on them, put him in his crate as people are coming and going. Another option is to put your pooch in a spare room with food, toys, treats, and bedding. Put a baby gate at the door, so he can still see, hear, and interact with you.

Collect Belly Rubs

Is your canine buddy a friendly, sociable pooch? He may spend a good chunk of the day trying to score as many ear scritches and belly rubs as he can. Your pup may also offer one of your guests his favorite toy. This play-with-me tactic is one of Fido’s cutest moves!

Beg

Once dinner is served, Fido may put on a bit of a show. These theatrics may be cute, but they can make guests uncomfortable. You also don’t want to take a chance of your canine friend accidentally eating something he shouldn’t. Feed your dog just before you eat, and give him a puzzle toy to occupy himself with.

Nap

After dinner, your dog may be full and lazy, as many of us will be. Make sure your pooch has a comfy bed to snuggle up in.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Happy Valley, OR pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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