Thanksgiving is coming up quick! Many people are already making holiday plans, and perhaps even starting preparations. Your canine pal may also have his own agenda for Turkey Day. Here, a Wichita, KS veterinarian lists a few of the things on Fido’s holiday to-do list. 

Answer The Door

One great thing about dogs is the way they always let us know when there’s someone at the door. Fido may be quite busy with his door doggy duties! If your furry buddy tends to get pushy when greeting guests, keep him in a quiet back room as people are coming and going. You don’t want your pooch knocking that green bean casserole out of your aunt’s hands!


Dogs are very, very enthusiastic about food. Fido will certainly perk up when those mouth-watering dishes start coming out of the oven. He’ll also put on his most effective sad puppy expression, the one most likely to score him some treats. Ask guests not to feed your canine companion. Begging is bad petiquette! It can also be dangerous, as someone could inadvertently offer your dog something that isn’t safe. Many popular foods, such as garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; and pitted fruits, are toxic to pets. Ask your vet for more information. That said, you can definitely make your furry pal a plate. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is fine, as long as it doesn’t have skin, bones, or fat. 

Collect Ear Scritches 

Fido is very affectionate, and he often loves it when people pay attention to him. If your cute pet is a bit of a ham when it comes to getting petted, he may spend the day going from guest to guest!


Playing is of course fun for dogs, but it’s also great for them, both mentally and physically. Take time to throw a ball or Frisbee for Fido. If possible, do this before your guests arrive. A fun play session will help your pup burn off any extra energy. He’ll be more relaxed and better behaved afterwards.

Catch Some Z’s

Holiday or no holiday, Fido will carve out time for a snooze. He may also join you as you relax and wind down. Dogs make great napping buddies. That’s just one of the many reasons we’re thankful for them!

Happy Thanksgiving from Hodes Veterinary Health Center, your Wichita, KS veterinary clinic. Call us anytime!