Thanksgiving is a time to feast and be thankful for everything we are blessed with… from family to health, to our pets. Our dogs are a big part of our family and are always a part of our celebration.
I am thankful I don’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner, my sister-in-law takes care of that each year. I am also so very thankful that she invites our dogs to come along with us. Since we live about two hours from each other, it really is too long of a day to leave the dogs home alone.
Traveling with your dog can sometimes be a challenge, make sure to be prepared and read 6 Essential Tips when Traveling with Your Dog. And if you need to leave your dog with a sitter, make sure to download our Dog-Sitter Important Info Form and Checklist, so you can relax and enjoy Thanksgiving, knowing that your dog is in good care back home.
If you are taking your dog with, some items to consider bringing alone are:
I don’t know about you, but we like to show our dogs how thankful we are to have them in our lives by sharing a few special treats throughout Thanksgiving day.
If you want to share Thanksgiving with your dogs, make sure you know what they can and can NOT eat! Some holiday foods can be very dangerous and even toxic for your dog, so be very careful on what you share.
In general, if your dog only eats kibble on a daily basis, keep in mind too much human food at one time can make any belly sick.
Share Thanksgiving with your dog in moderation, don’t give him a full bowl of Thanksgiving foods, he will likely get sick just from eating something so different than what he is used to.
DOWNLOAD our quick cheat sheet of these foods to share with your family to make sure you keep your dog safe and healthy throughout the holiday season!
If you want to go the extra mile, I found these great recipes from Pet Plan that you can make special for your dog to enjoy on Thanksgiving.
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Here are a few other ways to make Thanksgiving special for your dog:
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your dog, and be thankful for the time you have with him! What is your dogs favorite Thanksgiving treat? Share below in the comments.
Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, two dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... were she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.