The holidays can be a stressful time for you and your canine friends. July 4th may be known as the holiday that terrorizes pets, but it’s not the only holiday that can result in stressed-out pets. As we find ourselves in the midst of another winter holiday season, we’re reminded of all the stress it can bring. Of course, the stress we feel is often from all the gatherings and shopping that fills our agenda, along with trying to please family during the season. Some of these things can also lead to stress for your dogs.
During the season, you’re away more. As mentioned above, you go shopping, you go to get-togethers etc. Being out of the house more can make your pup feel stressed. But, it’s not the only thing that can leave your dog feeling anxious. All the changes of the season – from a tree and decorations they have to leave alone, to all of the good food they can’t eat, and all of the people that stop by. It can make for a very stressful time for your furry buddies.
How do you tell if your dog is stressed? Ask yourself these questions:
Does your dog pant when s/he is not hot?
Is your dog having a difficult time staying still and seems to pace a lot?
Does your dog have diarrhea?
Has your dog been vomiting?
Is your dog’s fur spiked up along the spine (hackling)?
Is your dog turning up his or her nose to treats?
Has your dog been cowering, shivering, hiding, or whimpering?
Have you noticed your dog being more aggressive, as in snapping or growling?
If you said yes to any of these, your dog may be feeling stressed. These can all be signs of holiday stress. However, if you’re concerned about a health issue, talk with your vet to make sure there isn’t something else going on. If you are concerned that your dog is stressed, find ways to help him or her calm down. Providing more attention and exercise can assist, as well as trying to make things more routine. Change can be stressful, so the less change the better as far as stress goes. Learn more ways to calm your dog by reading our blog “How to Calm Nervous Dog Breeds During the Holidays.” You can try Calm and Quiet, designed for helping dogs dealing with stress and anxiety. We even offer Calm and Quite Soft Chew Treat Supplements.
Help your dog get through the holidays with as little stress as possible. Look for the signs and then find ways to keep them calm.