When Stress and Anxiety Run High, Strategize With Holiday Pet Safety

Pet stress and pet anxiety can be combated with holiday pet safety


There’s nothing quite like the holidays. Entire days at a time are devoted to seasonal revelry as we dine, dance, and dash through December. We all roll with it the best that we can, but the individuals that tend to be negatively affected by constant activity usually have four feet. Undoubtedly, pets have more stress and anxiety than we know sometimes, which is why even a modicum of holiday pet safety strategies go a long way.

Getting There

It’s possible that your pet has previously demonstrated an absolute distrust of all things holiday. Many pets run and hide as soon as the tree is installed and the lights go up. Creatures of habit, pets do not like their routines to be disrupted at all. The best way to soothe any frayed nerves before and during the holidays is to uphold their sense of security via strict adherence to meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for exercise.

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When it’s Too Much: Pet Anxiety, Loud Noises, and Unpredictable Situations

loud noisesOwners of young animals are highly aware of the experiences they provide for the new life in their care – and for good reason. The sensitive period of development (up to 3 months for a puppy and 2 months for a kitten) is crucial to long term perception/acceptance of various stimuli, such as people, places, noises, smells, and more. Without a proper introduction or positive encounter, you may risk the development of an irrational fear or pet anxiety.

Often, however, pets are adopted long after the sensitive period, leaving pet owners with questions and frustrations about how to soothe an anxious or fearful animal.

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Back To School Blues: Coping With Separation Anxiety In Pets

Sad Basset Hound waiting at the DoorIf your pet was fortunate, he or she has enjoyed a summer of bonding with the kids over backyard romps, trips to the lake, and lazy days by the pool. Now that the family has turned its attention to the new school year, and the shopping, organizing, and planning that goes along with it, your pet may wind up with a lot of extra time on his or her paws.

Separation anxiety in pets is a common problem, especially when the household routine suddenly changes and a once pampered pet finds him or herself alone for much of the day. Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques at your disposal for supporting your pet through the “back to school blues”. Continue…

Six Tips to Alleviate Pet Thunderstorm Anxiety

Dog in rainThunderstorms, with their sky-illuminating lightning strikes, cooling winds, and windowpane rattling thunder claps, can be dazzling displays for us. But, for our pet friends, not so much. Pet thunderstorm anxiety, as with general noise anxiety, is quite common among dogs and cats, and one of the main types of phobias for which pet owners seek behavioral consultation. Continue…