With Christmas right around the corner there are a few things you should think of to prepare your pet.
1. Make sure they have a place in the house they feel safe that is removed from the commotion that they are able to retreat to if they are feeling overwhelmed.
2. Don’t force your pet to meet everyone, they can be shy and uncomfortable just like us and forcing them could increase the stress levels.
3. Try not to deviate from their routine/schedule. I.E. if they have a walk at 3, walk them at three, if they are fed at 6, feed them at 6.
4. Inform everyone that the pet will come to them when they are ready to meet them and to wait for your pet to initiate.
5. If the pet is not allowed scraps, tell everyone that you do not feed your pet scraps and to please do the same.
If you are traveling somewhere and bringing your pet along the above rules apply as well as the following:
1. Ice cubes are a great way to keep your pet hydrated while on the road without the mess.
2. Make sure you pack enough of their food so that if you were to get stranded they would have extra for a couple of days as well as their familiar dishes.
3. Bring with plenty of toys to occupy them on the trip and during your stay.
4. Bring a specific favorite treat of your pets.
5. Know where the closest emergency Vet is located and their hours and numbers in case of emergency.
6. Bring a favorite blanket or bed along with a travel kennel that they can retreat to if they are feeling overwhelmed.
Most importantly, if you have a high stressed pet who does not travel well, consider finding a human friend to keep them company and care for them while you travel for the holidays. Everyone will be much happier and less stressed.