Emotional Support Pet – Calming Anxiety. Calming your emotional support pet’s Anxiety. The Holidays are among us and Holiday stress can affect dogs, cats, and other animals we have as pets in our homes. Pets like familiar people and routines. The Holiday season can be quite challenging for them as there is change, more noise, new situations and more people visiting our homes. Stress makes them anxious and can also upset dispositions. Here are some tips to help keep your buddy calm during what can be a stressful time:
1. Just like people, pets are less stressed when they eat the right food. Dogs and cats are carnivores so they shouldn’t have high-carb diets as it can give them upset stomachs. They shouldn’t be eating corn, wheat, soy or peanut butter. I’m guilty of giving my Yorkie peanut butter every now and then but will curb that treat as of this writing.
2. Exercise is another basic as a tired animal will be more calm. Long walks where there are lots of things to smell can make the stroll more interesting for them. Cats love playing games with or without toys. Your hand under a blanket , throwing treats down a long hallway or using a toy that mimics things cats like to chase.
3. Massages are great for calming both dogs and cats. Light to moderate pressure around their entire face including ears, eyes and neck.
4. Move caged birds, rabbits guinea pigs, etc. into quiet dark areas to reduce anxiety.
5. Giving calming remedies like chamomile and tryptophan formulated for dogs and cats can help as calming herbs.
6. Foods that can make your dog or cat ill: chocolate, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, xylitol (a sugar alternative) onions, garlic, chives, too much salt, too much milk or dairy products, and raw or undercooked meat, eggs, and bones.
7. Plants and flowers can be toxic and during this season Poinsettias and Lilies are Holiday favorites. Be careful, though, they are toxic for our pets and need to be kept away from their reach for us to enjoy.
8. For more information on Pet Care visit aspca.org
We all love our pets and our Emotional Support animals. To ensure our own well- being and calming of anxiety let’s make sure our special ones are given the same consideration. Be mindful this Holiday Season that stress can affect all members of the household. Try to normalize the festive days through exercising routine and good common sense.
If you are looking to incorporate an Emotional Support pet into your household or would like more information about Emotional Support Pets please contact me at (858) 735-1139.