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Manage your pet's holiday stress - travelling, outings and celebrations!

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How to manage your pet's anxiety and stress during Christmas, New Years, outings and travelling!

While this festive season may be filled with fun and excitement for you, your pet might feel otherwise. Remember that dogs and cats are hypersensitive to external stimuli, which can be overwhelming for them! While you and your family are enjoying parties, travelling and outings, this change in routine can send them into a stressed state, resulting in behavioural problems and anxiety.

Amidst all the distractions, don't forget to take care of your pet's emotional, physical and social needs to keep this holiday season stress-free and happy for them. Read on for some tips on how to do this!

How to tell if your pet is stressed

There are certain tell-tale signs that indicate a stressed pet. Be on the lookout for the symptoms below and understand that they are not just being 'naughty'. Mishandling the situation will not alleviate the problem but instead aggravate it!

Dogs:

  • Excessive barking/howling
  • Chewing on furniture
  • Excessive digging
  • 'Irrational' aggression
  • Separation anxiety

Cats:

  • Excessive meowing
  • Spraying indoors
  • Defecating/urinating indoors
  • Separation anxiety
  • Scratching furniture

What may be causing their stress

Fireworks

It's natural for dogs and cats to be afraid of loud noises. Fireworks can be VERY loud, especially to their sensitive ears. The exploding noises trigger their fight/flight defence and they may try run away or cower in fear. If you own any pets, make it a rule that nobody in your home may use fireworks this festive season; it's unfair and cruel to your pets! Ask your neighbours to be considerate, but if they won't comply, try keep your pets distracted with games, calming music and lots of cuddles.

Tip: Prepare them in advance with PetCalm, which is a natural and safe homeopathic remedy that quickly calms pets during times of stress.

Parties

It's called the FESTIVE season for a reason! Cue the parties, social gatherings, braais (barbecues) and music! Most dogs are quite sociable, however even the friendliest of dogs may find parties daunting. Try get your guests to arrive progressively so that it's not a social overload for your pets all at once. You can also set aside a quieter space for your pets so that if they get overwhelmed by noise and activity, they have a safe space to calm down. 

Tip: Prepare them in advance with PetCalm, which is a natural and safe homeopathic remedy that quickly calms pets during times of stress. If your pet tends to be aggressive and easily-agitated, Aggression Formula is an excellent homeopathic remedy for them.

Travelling

If you're travelling without your pet, it's not uncommon for them to develop separation anxiety and stress. It's ideal for them to be looked after by somebody they're familiar with, rather than a stranger. A great idea is to make sure that they will be distracted and having fun while you're away - take a look at our collections of toys for dogs and toys for cats that will keep them entertained for hours on end! Taking your pets with you on holiday has its own set of challenges, such as travel sickness, anxiety and restlessness. Here are some helpful tips to make travelling together a pleasant and comfortable experience for you and your pet.

Tip: Prepare them in advance with PetCalm, which is a natural and safe homeopathic remedy that quickly calms pets during times of stress. If they are going to kennels or a cattery, use our natural Immunity & Liver Support as a natural immune booster to prevent them from picking up viruses and other illnesses.

Outings

You may be lucky enough to have time off work this holiday! This leaves you with more opportunity to take your dogs on walks, runs and outings (find out how to keep your pets entertained and stimulated this summer holiday). If your dog is not trained, it's important to keep them on a lead to prevent fights, car accidents or running away. If your dog is highly strung or aggressive, we advise that you first take them for training before introducing them to the world. You should also start introducing them to other dogs and people in a very gentle and peaceful manner - avoid busy beaches and parks for a while!

Tip: Prepare them in advance with PetCalm, which is a natural and safe homeopathic remedy that quickly calms pets during times of stress. If your pet tends to be aggressive and easily-agitated, Aggression Formula is an excellent homeopathic remedy for them.

Being a pet owner comes with great responsibility. It's YOUR job to ensure that your fur baby is safe, comfortable, healthy and happy! Enjoy this holiday season responsibly and make sure your pets are stress-free.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us for FREE advice!

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