Preparing Your Pets for the Holidays

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You know the feeling, when your body suddenly grows warm due to all of the “love” in your house when your relatives, your relative’s relatives, or maybe even when just your mother-in-law walks in the door to celebrate the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but for some reason, sometimes this “love” has an unnerving feeling on my body. I start to get anxious over what Grandma is going to say to my dad, and listen to the ticking time bomb of when Aunt Mary is going to start complaining that we have too many casseroles (impossible, I know) and not enough leafy greens. We have our own coping mechanisms- indulging in dessert before dinner, hiding under your Great Dane whom your wishing at this point had somewhat of a Golden Retriever’s coat, or even partaking in some adult bevies (after all, if you don’t drink the egg nog who is?). But what about Max and Miss Cleo? Strangers, large gatherings of people, loud noises and anything out of routine can cause anxiety for your fur babies. Let’s explore some recommendations to help keep this Holiday Season enjoyable and relaxing for your four-legged loved one.

Exercise

This one can be beneficial to both you and your furry friend. Not only does that extra walk/run help fight the 4,500 calories we consume at a holiday meal (thanks for this guilt trip, Calorie Control Council), but it also releases endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals released by the body, triggering a positive feeling. This natural body response helps to relax your fur baby and keep them in a happy state of mind.

Routine

Cats and dogs are creatures of habit. The second you miss a meal or playtime, they are right there to remind you, meowing at your door and barking until you stop binge watching Netflix. Hosting and traveling make it difficult to stick to your normal routine, but by sticking to it as close as possible you will keep your fur baby’s circadian rhythm, digestive system, and more on track, leading to a more relaxed state.

Calming Aids

We completely understand those who may need a little help to take the edge off, which is why we have launched our Solid Gold Calming Aid. This is a soft chew that naturally helps to promote relaxation and manage stress due to its holistic ingredients such as Chamomile, L-Tryptophan, and Melatonin. As cute and funny as the “shaming” pictures are of your pup rampaging through presents, knocking down the Christmas tree, and leaving his own “present” for that cousin of yours, this supplement will help eliminate nervous, anxious behaviors as well as discontentment. “Oh, but my family will be here for two weeks, I can’t possibly feed him this supplement everyday” you say. We’ve got your back. Solid Gold Calming Aid is safe and effective for daily or long term use, so bring on those long lost relatives and let the festivities begin!