For some, the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving. For others, it’s when the Christmas decorations come out. Although your pet may not be able to read a calendar or know how to sing a carol, they can definitely tell when their environment changes and when more people and noises are in their vicinity than usual. These seasonal changes can create stress in the lives of our beloved pets. And, while some of this stress is perfectly normal and manageable for most dogs, some pets have an especially hard time with the emotional burdens that can come with holiday season. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to help prepare your pet for the upcoming holidays, and in this article, the botanicals experts at Kats are here to help with some holiday-time tips.
Know your Pet’s Personality
This might go without saying, but knowing how your pet responds to stress (when in the company of numerous strangers, for example) can help you to preempt any potentially stressful situations they may encounter. The American Kennel Club has some great advice for what to do when visitors are in town and your pet is part of the equation. Here are a few great takeaways:
- Use high-value treats to incentivize good behavior like sitting, laying down, or
willfully entering his/her crate when it’s time to do so.
- For those households with puppies or kittens, the general rule is to ‘supervise or confine’ them when the domestic environment becomes a lot to manage. This is especially true if your puppy or kitten will be at risk for getting underfoot as traffic within the house ramps up during get-togethers.
- Communicate with your guests about your pets’ predisposition. If your dog or cat has an anxiety issue, for example, be sure your family and friends know about it beforehand so they can conduct themselves accordingly.
- Try to stick to your routines. Much like humans, canines are creatures of habit. When their routines are sharply disrupted, they can experience spikes in stress. Try to keep as much of your daily routines with them as possible.
Help from Mother Nature
Don’t forget to stock up on wellness-enhancing pet treats! Thankfully, the world of botanicals has a lot to offer pet owners who want their four-legged friends to enjoy the holidays as much as they do.
Hemp oil is a fantastic tool to help your dog through potentially stressful holiday situations. A single serving mixed into wet or dry food or administered orally can go a long way in supporting a calm mood and taking the edge off of a high-energy, bustling holiday environment. It’s available in Chicken Flavor, too! It’s safe to say that hemp oil has revolutionized the pet world with hemp oil-infused products now being offered at pet stores across the nation. However, not all canine hemp oil is created equal! To help your pet comfortably manage the holiday season this year, don’t settle for canine hemp oil that isn’t lab-tested for purity or made with 100%-natural, 100%-organic ingredients. Getting your pet some high-quality hemp oil right now is perfect timing, too, as October is national pet CBD month!
Did you know that Kats Botanicals was the very first company to bring premium Kratom soft chews for dogs to the market? It’s true! The holiday season is the perfect time to leverage the powerful benefits of Kratom to help ensure that your dog is as comfortable and settled as possible, no matter what situations arise. Our Kratom soft chews for dogs include a Calming Formula that is specifically made to address the needs of canines with especially high energy levels or predispositions to responding negatively to stressful situations. A ‘must have’ for the holidays, our calming formula includes just the right amount of premium, lab-tested Kratom combined with Chamomile, Passion Flower, and Valerian Root to provide an easy, soothing effect that’s perfect for when the holidays get hectic. We also offer a Hip and Joint Formula and Skin and Coat Formula that can enhance your dog’s life in a holistic, natural way. At Kats Botanicals, we invest in the quality of all our pet products by performing small batch testing using independent, third-party laboratories. And, we make the lab testing results available to you—just use your mobile device to scan the QR code printed on any Kratom or hemp oil product we sell.
Common Holiday Stressors for Canines
Each holiday comes with its own unique set of potentially challenging variables for dogs. Be mindful of these stressors when making holiday plans that involve your pup.
Thanksgiving – A surge in the presence of unfamiliar guests or family members can create a high-stress environment for canines. The disruption in routines can also play a role in contributing to stress.
Christmas – Loud music, bright lights, strong smells, and lots of hustle and bustle can send dogs into a ‘fight or flight’ mode. Try to meter out your Christmas activities when they involve your beloved dog, and schedule some downtime for him or her as your schedule allows.
New Years – Both New Years Eve and New Years Day can be fraught with loud noises, abrupt flashes of light, and disrupted routines. These stressors make New Years especially hard on dogs, whether they are predisposed to anxiety or not.
A big part of many holiday festivities involves food. As tempting as it can be to slide some table scraps to your pet, try to refrain, as doing so can create a precedent for your pet (not to mention weight gain, digestive issues, and potential behavioral problems).
Also, many holiday treats are off-limits for dogs. This is especially true for foods that contain the following ingredients:
- Grapes or raisins
- Coffee beans, tea leaves, or other caffeine-containing foods or drinks
- Macadamia nuts
- Candy or gum
- Chocolate (dark chocolate is especially harmful for dogs)
- Trimmed fat
- Raw eggs
- Yeast dough
Lastly, remember to securely store anything that you wouldn’t want your pet to get into before any planned holiday events. This includes food, treats, garbage, childrens’ toys, and anything electrical. ‘Pet-proofing’ your home can go a long way in helping to avoid a stressful situation for both you and your pet this holiday season. From all of us at Kats Botanicals, happy holidays! And remember, if you need any help or support in choosing the right botanical product for your beloved pet, feel free to contact us.