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Celebrate with Your Pets this Holiday Season

By Colleen Williams
November 15, 2018 • 2 min. read
celebrate holidays with pets
celebrate holidays with pets

The holidays can be chaotic and stressful for humans and pets alike. Animals can often get neglected with the many distractions of relatives, parties, and shopping, so we think it’s important (and fun!) to include your pets as part of your family. Here’s how.

Pets Can Party Too!

Have you ever seen a dog turn down an opportunity to be scratched? That’s what holiday gatherings are to canines – one big opportunity to get loved on! If your cat or dog has no behavioral issues, they would find a party provokes their curiosity, and lets them be their oh-so-social selves.

  • Make sure your pet has access to their food and water in an out-of-the-way location
  • Provide potty breaks on schedule
  • Don’t forget to let your guests know a pet will be present in case someone has allergies or a dislike of pets; then let them know the ground rules – no feeding human food (absolutely no grapes, raisins, anything with xylitol, or booze)!

If your pet becomes bothersome to your guests or vice versa, you will have to place them in another room.

Party’s Over: Warning Signs

Not all pets have the personalities to resist the olfactory and physical overstimulation that can result from large groups of people. When animals get frightened, they can get aggressive. If your pet has a history of aggression or fear of strangers, refrain from introducing them to the party and book a Rover sitter that night. Additionally, even the best behaved cats and dogs can become unpredictable in a new setting. If your pet shows the following signs, take steps to remove them from the party environment.

  • Excessive vocalizations (whining, barking, meowing, hissing, etc.)
  • Tail between legs
  • Flattened ears
  • Growling or snapping
  • Raised fur or hackles

These are all signs of impending aggression and overstimulation. Animals displaying these symptoms will often lash out at the nearest human, which is always cause for alarm. Place your animal in a quiet room, away from the party to help calm them down.

Other Ways To Celebrate

Every pet parent knows there are plenty of ways to incorporate their pets into the holiday celebration that doesn’t have to be a party! Giving special gifts or planning a special treat can really help with a festive mood and incorporate your best furry friends into your traditions. The most important thing is to pay special attention to your pets, express your gratitude, and show them love. Here’s hoping your holidays are happy and stress-free!

The most wonderful time of the year can be the most hectic time of the year! While pet insurance can help with expenses should the worst happen, being prepared for these possibilities can take that risk out of the equation. Start by getting a free quote.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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