The holidays are upon us, and we spoke with Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes for a few tips on eliminating stress for our best friends during the busy holiday season. Here are his ideas on eliminating pet stress.
Be aware of your pet’s personality
Just like humans, some pets enjoy company more than others. If your pet shows signs of stress or becomes anxious when there are a lot of people (or other animals) in his home, try to avoid having large parties. Instead, why not meet friends for a brisk, wintery walk outside or visit a Christmas market together? You will all have more fun if your pet is at ease. If you do want to host a holiday party in your home, find a trusted friend or neighbour who can pet-sit for you while you’re entertaining.
Get ready for guests
No matter how careful you are about accommodating your pet’s needs, the holidays are a social season, and guests are a given. If you are having an evening of festivities, prepare your pet by spending some time tuckering him out earlier in the day. Structured play (like practicing sit, down or stay during a walk) will help to tire him out both physically and mentally, so he’ll be less likely to get overexcited when the new faces appear.
Prepare a pet menu
It can be tempting to let your pet “clean the plates” while you’re loading the dishwasher, but these kind of indulgences will only derail a healthy diet, and might even make your pet sick. If you’re worried about leaving your pet out of the festive fun, try to give him his own special holiday treat. PC® Nutrition First makes it easy for your pet to enjoy the same delicious, nutritious ingredients you do. While you’re enjoying a full turkey roast, why not let your dog chow down on a PC® Nutrition First Turkey with Fruit and Vegetable Biscuits beside you.
Pick a Pet Present
If you want to include your furry friend in the gift-giving fun, try picking a present that is fun for him and practical for you. Choose products like PC® Nutrition First Chicken & Cranberry Biscuits, which have a fun holiday feel – plus they’re great for your dog’s dental hygiene.
HOLIDAY-THEMED DOG TREATS
- PC® Nutrition First Turkey with Fruit and Vegetable Biscuits
- PC® Nutrition First Chicken & Cranberry
Disclosure: This article by Harrison Forbes, Celebrity Pet Expert was made possible by President’s Choice Nutrition First.