How to Create a Positive Thanksgiving Experience for Your Pets

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Pet Lifestyle Expert & TV Personality Dara Foster Joins PETCO for tips to Create a Happy Holiday

Making Thanksgiving a positive experience for your furry family member requires a few tips for a smooth day.

With turkey roasting in the oven this Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance there will be a drooling, four-legged follower in the kitchen because pets want to be included in dinner too. This year pets can give “thanks” to Dara Foster, world renowned pet lifestyle expert and TV personality, for her tips on creating a successful holiday for the entire family, even our furry friends. Foster is commonly seen on the Today Show, TV Land, E! and ABC News, sharing her pet advice with the entire nation.

“I have a passion for pets,” says Foster, “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.” She continues, “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 off, 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 out 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 quite, 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 holiday’s kick in.

About PETCO
PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 1,000 stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at http://www.petco.com. Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $60 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support about 6,200 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.

About Dara Foster:
Dara Foster is a world renowned Pet Fashion Stylist, TV Personality and author best known for her humorous, “taste-making” pet style site PupStyle.com. Dara can be seen regularly on national TV as the pet style contributor on NBC’s TODAY Show, as well as TV Land, E!, ABC News and more. She is also the go-to style tip expert for dogster.com, the resident Pet Fashion Expert on Tibesti.com and host of her own radio show “The Pet Set” on PetLifeRadio.com. In 2003 Dara jump-started the luxury dog products movement with her own brand of boutique dog collars - Dara Foster New York LLC and blog, Pupstyle.com. Preferring to critique and write about other people's cool designs, her full-time attention was turned to sourcing and writing about great pet product design for Pupstyle.com. Her latest book is titled, PupStyle “Now You See It” published by Scholastic books.

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