Holiday Pet Preparedness

Pets can ruin a holiday if you’re not prepared. Decrease your seasonal stress by pet-prepping your dog, cat, guests, and home for the upcoming holidays. Utilize the tips below from Petrendologist Charlotte Reed to create pet-friendly holidays.


How can you spice up Holiday photos?

Dress your pet to impress. Whether your pet is wearing a costume, football jersey, bow tie, holiday sweater, or headgear, you always want him to look his best and be a holiday stand-out.


How can pet owners reduce pet anxiety during the holidays? 

About 75% of dogs suffer from stress and anxiety, and pet parents know that with the holiday hubbub, keeping dogs calm can contribute to their safety. Vetality Calming Well Chews reduce can anxiety, curtail hyperactivity, promote relaxation and support normal stress and tension levels. Most importantly, these chews aid in restoring emotional balance with ingredients (Chamomile, Melatonin, Valerian Root, L-Tryptophan, and a calming Pheromone) that pet owners can recognize.


How can pet owners deal with guests’ pet allergies? 

Although 67% of American homes include a pet, it is important to note that six times as many people are allergic to cats than dogs. Whether you have a family member or guest in your home there is a chance that any one of these individuals can be allergic to pet dander (dead skin cells) as well as allergic to the proteins that are present in pet saliva, urine, and feces. The best and easier way to clean air and help with pet allergies is a True HEPA filter. True HEPA Room Purifier like April Aire’s Room Air Purifier, captures 99.97% of airborne allergens and virus-sized particles greater than 0.3 microns. This means that filters trap airborne particulates like pet dander, pet hair, and other pet-related allergens and pet hair as well as viruses and colds that could be spread among family members and guests. Plus, an Activated Carbon Bed Filter also reduces household odors, including cooking odors. With 6 fan speeds, the air purifier handles a wide range of cleaning situations. Set to "Smart Mode" to do the work of automatically detecting airborne pollutants and adjusting the fan speed accordingly. Lastly, this purifier doesn’t use an ionizer, so no harmful ozone is created. Filters should be replaced every 6-12 months, depending on usage.


How can cat owners reduce litter box odors?

Cat owners don’t want their guests to smell the cat before they see him. Consider a high-performance, natural litter that can deliver outstanding odor control, quick clumping & easy scooping, and long-lasting performance. 


With so many helping hands in the kitchen, how can you prevent kitchen accidents?

Don’t be surprised if clumsy feet kick over a water bowl which can contribute to a slip-and-fall accident over the holidays. Brightly colored water bowls can easily be seen. Also, look for bowls with a skid-resistant rubber base to prevent noise and spills. Make sure these bowls are conveniently dishwasher-safe.


How can you treat your pets well during the holiday, especially with guests?

Kindly ask guests not to feed your dog or cat holiday food or snacks. Fill a pet bowl with canine or feline treats that look like pet treats to ensure guests eat the correct snacks.


For more holiday pet tips, listen to Petrendologist Charlotte Reed's advice on The Pet Buzz radio show each week throughout the holiday season. 

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