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Five Tips to Help Avoid a Stressful Holiday for Pets

Five Tips to Help Avoid a Stressful Holiday for Pets

There are times throughout the holiday season in which we all feel some of the pressure… whether it’s running around the crowded stores for that one person you still need a gift for, planning for a feast or preparing to host the in-laws, it’s sometimes inevitable to feel some stress around this time of the year. And we don't want anyone to stress during such a wonderful season!

While humans can talk to each other about the pressures and help our family members see past the stress, our pets don’t understand the “why,” but they can certainly feel some of the tension.

We want to share a few tips that can help your pet feel more comfortable around the hustle and bustle in hopes that everyone can ease into, and truly enjoy, this joyous Christmas time.

  1. Try to keep the routine as normal as possible. Dogs and cats are sensitive to routines, such as when they eat and get up in the morning. Even if the eggnog is still lingering a bit from the night before, try to keep your routine as normal as possible.

  1. Blow off some steam and get out of the house! This might be a good tip for humans, too – try to find time to get some fresh air and allow your pet to exercise outside. In McHenry County, especially this time of year, it isn’t always easy to enjoy outdoor activities for too long, but bundling up and playing in the snow is a great way to help reduce human and pet stress.

  1. Spend quality time together. In the hustle and bustle of the season, especially if you have new friends and family members in the house, your pet may feel neglected. Setting aside time to play, cuddle or do something together will make them feel more connected.

  1. Notify guests of pets and pet rituals in the house. No matter if your guests are pet owners or not, every house has different rules when it comes to pets. One thing that will make pets less stressed is if newcomers already know the rules. Are they not allowed on furniture? Do they only get treats as rewards? If any of those rules change, your pet may be confused.

  1. If you are traveling with your pet, bring a bit of home with you. Whether it’s a favorite toy or the blanket that they sleep with, bringing something that smells like or remind them of house will help them feel less stressed in the new situation.

We hope that everyone, pet owners and furry family members alike, have a wonderful and stress-free holiday season! Should any emergencies or questions, stress-related and beyond arise, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Merry Christmas to all! 

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