The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year, especially for your pup. If you are busy with holiday parties, events and get-togethers, chances are you might be overwhelmed. Check out these four tips on how to deal with holiday stress for your pet.
If you are visiting family and friends, you will want to consider the well-being of your pet. When pets are not used to being around new people, they can become overly excited or overwhelmed. Pets can start jumping, grabbing food, barking and all kinds of behavior that leads to embarrassing situations. Consider having a small gathering rather before a big reunion to prepare your pet for the events to come.
If you are traveling by car, train or even plane, be sure to bring your pet’s favorite toys, blankets, and his regular food to keep them comfortable. If your pet is used to sleeping in a crate, make sure to bring it along so they can sleep where they feel most familiar. Pets should be in a travel safe crate to prevent the animal from danger. Also be sure to make your pet wear their ID at all times to prevent any case of emergency.
If you plan on leaving your pet behind, choose a boarding facility that’s right for your pet. Take a tour of the facility and make sure that it is clean and well equipped to give the animals enough room. Ask questions to make sure they are on the same page as you. If you feel uneasy about the boarding facility, give yourself time to consider other options.
Stick to Routine
The best thing you can do for your pet during the time of stress is to stick to a familiar routine. This means going for walks at the same time, feeding the same feeds at the same time, and more. Create an alarm on your phone to remind you of your pet’s daily routine. Be sure to also make time to play to prevent your pet from feeling off balanced.
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