Excited for the holidays? So are we! This is such a wonderful time of the year, and we especially love to include our furry friends into the festivities, and we know you do too. We have some simple tips to make sure that excitement and stresses of the holiday season don’t cause any issues for your pet. If you would like to speak with our team about medications that can help relax your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us at 919-693-6911.
- Give pets space — Ever had the entire family in one place at one time? Would you have given anything to escape to a quiet spot where no one could find you? That’s how many pets feel with the commotion of holiday visitors and the changes in normal daily routines. Before the extended family and friends arrive, provide your pet with a place all her own, where visitors can’t disturb her. Find a quiet bedroom or walk-in closet and put a few of her favorite things there:
- Calming music
- A pheromone diffuser (or spray pheromones on her bed there)
- Stick with the routine — It may be difficult, but try to stick to your pet’s typical routine, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Take walks, feed meals, and give medications at the usual times. Find time to give your pet some individual attention and TLC, too. Let her know that, even if you’re busy and preoccupied, she’s still your best furry pal.
- Provide opportunities for exercise — Just like with humans, pets experience physical and emotional benefits from exercise. Escape the family visitors and take a walk, give your pet a food puzzle, or engage in a good old-fashioned game of tug of war with your pet’s favorite rope toy. Bonus: Exercising and playing with your pet will grow your bond and help to mitigate your holiday stress, too.
If you have any further questions, please contact us today!