Thanksgiving isn’t far off now! We’re definitely thankful for dogs, and the love, companionship, and friendship they offer. This can be a dangerous holiday for Fido, however, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your furry buddy happy, healthy, and safe on Turkey Day. A veterinarian Bucks County, PA offers a few ‘awesome’ tips on this below.


Man’s Best Friend has a very healthy appetite, to say the least. Fido certainly deserves something special. Some turkey will do nicely! In fact, most types of plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry are fine. Just don’t give your canine companion anything with skin, bones, or fat. That said, not all of those mouth-watering dishes are safe for dogs. Don’t give your furry pal anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; caffeine; nuts; avocado; pitted fruits; or xylitol. Raw dough and yeast are also unsafe. Keep in mind that not everyone knows what is and isn’t safe for our animal companions. Ask guests not to feed your pup without checking with you first. Better safe than sorry! 


Our four-legged friends have a way of getting underfoot. This is cute, but it can also be a bit dangerous. You don’t want your playful pup knocking your grandma over at the door! If your pooch is super-energetic, tire him out with a long walk and a vigorous play session before your guests arrive. That way, he’ll be calmer, and better behaved. You may also want to keep Fido in his crate or in another room as people are coming and going. Give your canine buddy some fun toys to occupy himself with. This is a great time to get your pooch a new puzzle toy! 


Never underestimate dogs’ capacity for mischief. There’s almost no end to the ways our canine pals can get into trouble! The trash is one concern. Our furry friends are extremely opportunistic when it comes to food. Fido is not above digging through the garbage in search of that drumstick your uncle didn’t finish. Use a garbage can with a secure lid. Many decorative items, such as garlands and wreaths, are also unsafe, as are candles, potpourri burners, and open fireplaces. 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Animal Hospital of Richboro, your local animal hospital Bucks County, PA. Please feel free to contact us anytime.