We all feel stress during the holidays, even our pets! With all the hustle and bustle and holiday excitement, it’s easy for things to get out of hand pretty quickly. There are gifts to purchase, events to attend, food to prepare, visitors to welcome, crowds, noise, financial worries… While all of this can cause us anxiety and stress, there are a variety of ways our pets can feel it, too. We’ve put together this helpful list of ways to keep your furry friends feeling great during the holidays.
Here are some ways to keep your pet stress-free during the holiday season so you can start the New Year off right.
- 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.
- Give them space — Ever had grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins 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
- 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.
Questions about alleviating your pet’s holiday anxiety? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!