Thanksgiving With Large Dogs

Believe it or not, it’s almost Thanksgiving. We’re grateful for all of our canine companions, big and small, sleek and fluffy, playful and stoic. Of course, if your pooch falls into that ‘larger than life’ category, you may want to take a few extra precautions to keep him happy and healthy over the autumn holiday. A local Anderson, IN vet offers some advice on this below.


Begging is bad manners for any dog, but it can be particularly problematic in big pooches. Fido is big enough to be intimidating to some guests. He’s also tall enough to snatch something off the table. If your canine pal’s table manners could use some work, put him in another room during dinner. Make sure he has bedding, toys, and water, and perhaps a special treat or toy. You can put a baby gate at the door so he doesn’t feel as isolated.


Fido can have a special treat, but he shouldn’t have unlimited access to everything on the menu. You can offer him some plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, and fat. Don’t give your furry bff anything that contains garlic or onions; grapes or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; bones; or xylitol. Many veggies are fine, but you don’t want your four-legged pal eating anything that’s drenched in cheese, oil, or butter. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Make sure Fido gets a good workout in! A long walk or play session will help burn off your four-legged friend’s excess energy, so he’ll be calmer after. Tired pups are good pups!


Keep your furry friend in mind as you are decorating. Keep things like small or sharp objects, plastic bags, candles, and wax burners in high spots, well out of paws’ reach.


A lot of dog means a lot of fur. Help Fido put his best paw forward by giving him a good bath before the big day. If you have trouble getting your canine buddy in and out of the tub, make an appointment with a groomer.


When it comes to dogs and guests, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. We recommend asking guests not to feed or discipline Fido. Better safe than sorry!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Anderson, IN, we’re here to help!

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