The holiday season is a time for coming together and celebrating with friends and
family. Although the holidays are a joyous time, the stress of planning and the
sudden influx of people can be stressful for your pet as well. It’s important to
recognize signs of stress and anxiety in your dog or cat to prevent accidents in your

Some signs of stress in dogs include:

  • Nipping
  • Whining, growling, or excessive vocalizing
  • Pacing
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Panting/Salivating
  • Inappropriate urination/defecation
  • Destructiveness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sweaty paws
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive shedding

Some signs of stress in cats include:

  • Biting
  • Agitation
  • Defensive vocalizations
  • Restlessness or distraction
  • Inappropriate urination/defecation
  • Excessive shedding
  • Dilated pupils
  • Clinging
  • Hiding and refusing to interact with people or other pets
    Fearing the Unfamiliar

Just like people, dogs and cats become accustomed to their routine and
environment over time. During the holidays, routines get changes and the home
gets a little bit noisier and filled with new things. Some pets react with mere
curiosity, but occasionally these changes can cause a significant level of stress for
dogs and cats.

Social Anxiety

The holidays are a time of reuniting and catching up with old friends and relatives.
Even the friendliest and sociable pets can become stressed out from the suddenly
high levels of interaction. If your pet is showing signs of stress or social anxiety, be
sure to inform your guests to avoid any potential injuries.

Solutions for Pet Stress

If your pet has stress or anxiety during holiday events, make sure to have a spot in
the house that is safe and comfortable for them. The ideal space would be a room
that is isolated from the central activities, and include food, water, a soft bed, and
familiar toys to help them relax. Generally, holiday-induced stress should resolve
itself after the triggers are removed. Once guests have left and the home
environment returns to normal, your pet should be back to their old selves.
However, if your dog or cat does not appear to be recovering after a reasonable
amount of time, you should talk to us right away. We can work together to find the
cause of the stress and anxiety, and rule out any potential medical problems that
could be causing your pet’s symptoms.

Remember – holiday stress can affect your pet, too! If you have any questions about
how to keep your companion safe and happy this season, call us today to speak
with one of our staff members. Have a happy and safe holiday season, everyone!

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