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Fido’s First Thanksgiving

Have you recently welcomed a puppy into your home? Congratulations! Your little pet is certain to put lots of smiles on your face this year. Puppy kisses and tail wags are definitely something to be thankful for. Read on as a Portage, MI vet offers some tips on helping little Fido celebrate his first Thanksgiving.

Playtime

Before your guests arrive, take your pooch for a long walk. Then, tire him out with a fun play session. This will help the little guy burn off some of his excess energy. Afterwards, he’ll be calmer and better behaved.

Trash

Little Fido may get some bright ideas about searching through the garbage for leftovers. This can be quite dangerous, as the trash could contain things like tin foil, fat trimmings, can lids, toothpicks, and other hazards. We recommend using a trash can with a secure lid.

Food

Give your furry friend a special holiday treat! Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is a good option. You can also make your pup some treats. Here’s an easy one: mix natural peanut butter with pureed pumpkin, an egg, and whole-wheat flour. Divide into small portions and cook at 350 for about a half hour.

Decorations

Keep little Fido in mind as you are decorating. Put anything that could be dangerous out of reach of those little paws. That includes things like candles, garlands, string lights, plastic bags, wires and cords, and anything small or sharp. If you have a fireplace, put a grate in front of it.

Socialization

Socialization is very important for puppies. This is a perfect time to socialize little Fido! Set out treats and toys, and ask guests to pamper him and play with him. This will help your canine buddy grow into a friendly, well-behaved pooch. Remember to snap some photos of this. Puppies grow really fast!

Chewing

As you many know, puppies chew quite a bit. This is because of the pain of teething. Make sure your canine pal has appropriate chew toys. It’s also a good idea to have guests put their shoes or other personal items in a spot little Fido can’t reach.

Begging

Begging is another issue. We know, it’s adorable, but it’s really bad manners! You may want to put your little buddy in another room during dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving! As your Portage, MI vet, we are here to help. Call us anytime!

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