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Dec 8

Avoid Hair-Raising Holidays for your Pets!

Woof, woof, woof Jingle bells
Woof, woof, woof jingle bells
Woof, woof, woooooof…woof woof jingle all the way……..

Want to make sure your pets keep singing Jingle Bells instead of the holiday’s blues? Some ideas to help follow:

Happy at home

  • If you are going to have a lot of people over and you know that your pet is not comfortable with ‘the masses’, create a comfortable andHoliday Stress and your Petsafe space for your pet to go.
  • Make trees safe by keeping ornaments at the appropriate height and non-edible. You might even consider putting your tree in a pet-free room.
  • Remember that rich foods and chocolates are not good for pets so be aware of what is being fed to your pets under the table

On the road

  • If you are taking your pet on the road, spend time in advance to make sure you have everything you need to make your pet on the road and at your destination. Make sure your in-laws or whomever you are staying with are okay with ‘indoor’ animals so Fido does not suddenly find himself out in the cold.

At the kennel or with a pet sitter

It is always sad when you have to leave your pet behind when you go away for the holidays but this can be made easier by doing a dry run. In other words, make sure you have used the kennel before or ask the pet sitter that you found on www.SOSsitter.ca to come over for some bonding time before you go away.

Adding to the stable

If you are thinking about putting a new kitten or puppy under the tree for Christmas, think carefully. You do not want to add to the increase in pets that are given to shelters after the holidays because you and your family were not ready for the responsibility of a new pet.

Not only do you want to be sure not to forget your pet during the busy days of the holiday season, you want to keep an extra eye to watch for signs of stress. Excessive barking or pacing, changes in appetite and amount and type of engagement with the family are all signs of stress in our pets. Give your pet extra attention!

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