Holiday stress affects us all, especially for our beloved pets. The excitement of the holiday rush may prompt your pet to act out due to the holiday hassle. Put yourself in your pet’s shoes (or booties)—the change in environment with the bright lights, decorations, a house full of unfamiliar people, the music. Or simply a change in routine because you’re out more than usual busy shopping and wining and dining with friends. Considering this, you may notice behavioral changes in your pet such as separation anxiety, increased barking or howling, being withdrawn or hostile, destructive behaviors or simply using your favorite rug as a grassy knoll. Your pet can easily become overstimulated at this time of year. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping everyone happy and healthy this holiday, especially your favorite pet.
A tired dog is a happy dog. Hire a pet sitter, if you don’t have time to properly exercise your dog during the busy season. Also make sure to run your dog before the guests arrive to avoid over-excitement.
Create a special space. Set up a comfortable quiet space in the house for your pet with their favorite toys so they can entertain themselves and relax. Kong toys with treats inside is a good way to keep your pet preoccupied.
Holiday toxins. Know your pet poisons, here are some examples: mistletoe, batteries, raisins, tinsel, Christmas tree water, various plants, tomato, dough, garlic, chocolate, glue, grapes. (For a full list go to petpoisonhelpline.com)
Create a Zen environment. Surprisingly, most pets love aromatherapy! Create a calming ambience with soft calming music, pheromones or oil diffusers. This can naturally create a calming energy. If your pooch is barking excessively, try the Thudershirt to naturally relieve stress.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday to you and your pets.