The holiday season is upon us, and through the end of the year, TJ will be sharing some of his favorite safety tips for keeping your furry friends happy and healthy!
This week, we’re talking about the importance of giving your pets a quiet space away from all the guests and excitement.
Give them a quiet space
When family and friends get together around the holidays, the added noise, energy, and attention can be a stressful time for your dog or cat. If you're hosting a gathering, you may not be able to entertain guests AND watch for stress signals from your pets.
Keep your pets (and your guests) safe by providing a secure, quiet place for them, away from the commotion. Cats may want to hide under a bed or in a closet, or up high out of reach. Dogs could be kenneled in a spare bedroom with a frozen kong to keep them occupied.
Maybe your pets are very social, and they'd like to greet the guests for a while, but don’t be afraid to give them a “time out” to relax and recuperate from the excitement.
Time for a time out? Watch for these stress signals:
Signs of stress in dogs:
- Eyes darting back and forth, or an intense stare
- Wide eyes (you can see the whites)
- Furrowed brow
- Ears pressed back
- Lips pulled back in a grimace
- Turning head away or avoiding eye contact
Signs of stress in cats:
- Excessive shedding
- Tail low and quickly flicking back and forth
- Hissing, growling, or other vocalization
- Ears pinned back
- Wide eyes with dilated pupils
- Panting or trouble breathing
Bonus: when they’re safely resting in their quiet space, you don’t need to worry about them running out an open door!