Celebrating Thanksgiving with Pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It’s always great to take a day to slow down, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy some yummy food. As a responsible pet parent, you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your furbaby safe and comfy on this special day. A Walnut, CA vet discusses celebrating Thanksgiving with pets in this article.


Just like people, pets all have their own distinct personalities, and some are more sociable than others. Friendly furballs may spend the day sniffing around for treats with those cute little noses or perhaps asking guests to indulge them in back scratches or belly rubs. Timid or excitable pets may be more comfortable in a quiet room with food, treats, toys, and a cozy bed. Regardless of what category your pet falls into, we do recommend keeping your four-legged pal secure inside for the day, especially as people are coming and going. You don’t want Fido or Fluffy getting spooked and running off!


Fido and Fluffy will definitely notice all the delicious dishes being served. It’s fine to give your furkid a bit of cooked, unseasoned meat, but don’t let your four-legged buddy have any bones. Make sure you are aware of what foods are toxic to pets. Chocolate; macadamia nuts; avocados; grapes, raisins and currants; and anything containing Xylitol are all very dangerous for our furry pals. You also want to avoid giving your pet anything that has been seasoned with garlic, onions, or chives. Last but not least, we recommend asking guests not to feed your pet.


If your pooch begs, put him in a crate or a back room with a comfy blanket and a puzzle toy until after dinner. Jumping on people is also bad doggy manners, and can make company quite nervous, especially if you have a bigger dog! Crate your canine pal if needed while guests are coming or going, or use a doggy pen to contain him. As for Fluffy, well, our feline friends aren’t exactly purrfect, either. Your cat may steal someone’s chair, groom herself in front of your company, or head straight for whichever guest is allergic to her. Unfortunately, there’s no correcting Kitty’s bad manners, so your best bet is to distract her with a new toy.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Walnut, CA veterinary clinic, for all your pet care needs.

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