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Things Dogs Are Thankful For

November 15 2023

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks out now. It’s very important to remember to be grateful for the good things in our lives, such as friends, family, and, of course, pets. Man’s Best Friend is definitely very appreciative of the love, care, and attention he gets. Actually, those aren’t the only things on Fido’s gratitude list. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet points out a few others in this article.


Does your canine pal get super excited when you pick up his leash? Walks are of course necessary for potty breaks, but they’re also crucial for other reasons. Those daily strolls keep Fido fit, give him a much-needed change of pace, offer mental stimulation, and, of course, give him a chance to spend time with you.


Fido is always cute, but he’s never more adorable than when he’s spotted a new toy. Playthings are important for keeping your cute pet occupied, entertained, and (hopefully) out of mischief. Get your pup something new as a holiday treat! 


A good bed means a good night’s sleep, which is important for both people and pets. Fido should have at least one quality doggy bed. (There’s nothing wrong with providing more than one, if you have room. It’s always good to have choices!)

Belly Rubs

Our canine companions can form extremely close bonds with their humans, and they show their love in some pretty adorable ways. If Fido lets you rub his belly, it doesn’t just mean he enjoys being petted … It also means that he completely trusts you. That’s pretty high praise!

Car Rides

While Fluffy is definitely not a fan of going on car rides, Man’s Best Friend loves visiting his favorite dog parks and trails and/or exploring new places.  Just put safety first. Always keep Fido crated for travel, and never leave him in a car unattended.


No surprises here: Fido somehow manages to dial his cuteness levels up to 12 whenever he spots a yummy treat.


Did you know that many dogs enjoy learning new things? Fido looks super cute when he’s proud of himself for picking up a new command!  


Last but certainly not least, your dog is also grateful for you! Fido really only wants someone to love him, play with him, and care for him. Those are pretty small costs to pay in return for his unconditional love and unwavering friendship. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Call us, your local Rancho Santa Fe, CA pet hospital, anytime!