Keeping Your Dog Happy at Thanksgiving

big-little-dogsWith Thanksgiving just a little over a week away (how did that happen? wasn’t it just Halloween!), we wanted to pass along some tips on ensuring that your dog has a happy holiday, too. Pet lifestyle expert and TV personality (seen on NBC’s Today Show, TV Land, E! and ABC News) Dara Foster has joined PETCO for providing tips for this busy holiday.

“I have a passion for pets,” says the pet lifestyle expert. “They have become more and more integrated into our daily lives, and it is no longer considered just a novelty to make sure they are pampered.” Dara notes that “making Thanksgiving a positive experience for your furry family member requires a few tips for a smooth day.”

Dara’s Holiday Tips:

  1. Never Serve Table Scraps Some human food can be hazardous to your pet’s health causing mild digestive problems or even death. During Thanksgiving, make your pet part of the celebration by serving up a safe, healthy and nutritionally balanced dinner made from human-grade, 5-star ingredients by Merrick. Merrick also offers Grammy’s Pot Pie, Turducken and Thanksgiving Dinner Variety with US-sourced ingredients for even the pickiest eaters.
  2. Bad To The Bone: The Danger Of Serving Bones Never give your cat or dog bones from fish, poultry or other meat sources. Bones can easily cause an obstruction of the airways and splinter, creating a laceration in the digestive system. Instead, give them a Kong toy stuffed with a Kong Stuff’n Snack and keep them entertained while you prepare the feast.
  3. Creating A Quiet Space Sometimes parties and visitors can stress out your furry friend, causing anxiety and nervousness. Always prepare a quiet retreat for your pet in a bedroom or other area where they can get away and feel calm and relaxed. Provide a familiar bed, crate, blanket, water and toys to help ease their stress. A great product to use is PETCO’s Cuddler pet bed so your cat or dog can have a quiet, comfortable retreat.
  4. Burn Off Some Steam Before guests arrive, it is a good idea to take your dog for a long walk or a romp outside to burn off some steam. The Bark ‘n Bat by Hyper Products is a great hands free tool to guarantee long runs for your pooch. A well-exercised dog will make for a calmer canine in the house when the excitement of the holidays kick in.

You’ll find more of Dara Foster’s tips on The host of her own radio show, “The Pet Set” on, Dara’s latest book is titled, PupStyle Now You See It, published by Scholastic.

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits,, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.

  • I love to make my dog some “hot tea” for the holidays. We just heat up some chicken broth and put it in his bowl. He loves it!