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4 Simple Steps to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are a time filled with festivities with family and friends, but for our beloved pets, it can often be a source of stress and anxiety. As our pet's caretakers and advocates, it's crucial to create a calming environment for our canine best friends.

Here are a few simple ideas to ensuring your pet's serenity during this festive period.

Soothing Music for Pets:

According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, playing low-volume, friendly music can create a sense of safety and security for pets. Classical pieces by Beethoven or Mozart have been found to reduce anxiety in dogs. There are some great channels on Alexa and You Tube. Incorporating these calming melodies can significantly ease your pet's nerves during the holiday hustle.

Massage Techniques for Relaxation:

The bond between pet parents and their pets is powerful. Take 5 minutes and sit with some one on one tim. Implementing simple massage techniques can work wonders in calming your pet. Starting from the back of the ears and gently stroking down their spine, these light touches can alleviate stress. Head rubs are also highly effective in promoting relaxation. Tellington Touch does wonders for dogs suffering from stress, anxiety and pain.

Natural Supplements for Anxiety Relief:

Several natural supplements, such as chamomile, melatonin, and hemp seed oil and powder, can aid in calming anxious pets. A specially formulated pet formula, curated by veterinarians and containing these components, can provide the necessary relief for your pet's anxiety during the holidays.

A broad-spectrum CBD extract, developed and recommended by veterinarians, can complement their diet and contribute to their relaxation and calmness. CBD has been known to do wonders for some pets. There some great chews, CBD oils as well as peanut butter for dogs. Adding these to some treat filled lick mats or puzzle toys can do wonders as well.

Safety Measures for Pets:

There's the old saying-a tired dog is a happy dog. Take a little bit of time and do some engagement and enrichment activities. Tire that brain out

Making sure your guests understand that your dog may not enjoy constant attention. Double checking that doors are closed. Even making sure your dog has a safe quiet place to go rest.

While celebrating, it's important to keep potential hazards away from our pets. Did you know that the following items can be toxic to some pets?

Pine needles, poinsettias, mistletoe, macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, and chocolates, as well as strong candles, potpourri oils, are unsafe for pets and should be kept out of reach.


Ultimately, the holiday season is about cherishing moments with loved ones, including our pets. Prioritizing their well-being by incorporating calming techniques, providing proper nutrition, and ensuring a safe environment will help them thrive during this festive time. Remember, it's not just about the presents under the tree, but the comfort and safety of our beloved pets that truly matter during the holidays.

Here are my go to products to help pets when stress or anxiety is starting to overwhelm my dogs and what I recommend to my clients.

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