By: Brandi Lawson
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is a lot for anyone to handle, but it can be especially stressful for our furry friends. Check out these tips to make sure your pets are comfortable and happy during all the holiday madness.
Stick to Their Routine
Although your holiday schedule might be filled with a ton more shopping, deal hunting, visiting family and friends, and much more, it’s important to keep your pet’s schedule as close to normal as possible. Consistency is the key to pet health and curing anxiety in animals, so make sure their feeding and exercise schedule stays the same. Use your Poof Pet Activity Monitor to track the times and levels of activity and try and keep them on a fairly predictable routine.
Designate A Pet-Space During Parties
If you’re having any kind of get together at your house, pick a room that can be closed off for your pet. It might be a good idea to mark the door “Do Not Disturb” so that your guests know to leave that room alone. Fill the room with their food, water and some of their favorite toys and chews. Also, leaving a radio or TV on in their room during the party is a good way to drown out the sounds coming from outside.
Hire a Sitter
A great option for the holidays is hiring a sitter to watch your pal. If you have someone your pet is used to spending time with, call him/her up and see if he/she would be able to accommodate your pet for the day. If none of your go-to’s are available, a really great resource is the app, Rover. This app helps locate pet-owners and experienced pet sitters that you can hire to watch your pet. It’s a great resource to find reliable dog sitters.
Walk Them Just Before The Party Starts
You can never underestimate the power of a good walk. Since your furry friend is going to be in their designated space for a while, it’s a good idea to take them out for a long walk about 15 minutes before the party begins. Helping them get their energy out and preparing them for a nice long nap might be the best way to ensure they’ll be content the whole night through.
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