There are two sides of our most celebrated holiday season of the year. One that is so happy, so relaxed, so idyllic with chestnuts roasting on an open fire; peace on earth; good will, angels singing.
The other side with last minute shopping, late nights wrapping gifts and mailing cards, standing in lines, working overtime or a second job to cover the added expenses, relatives coming from everywhere. Which one do you think is most likely reality? I love the holidays, but reality is, even if you enjoy hustle, it changes your routine, makes you a bit more tired, and at some level causes stress, and we all know that stress has very negative stress on our bodies and minds. Even the medical profession has recently admitted that stress is the root cause to disease in people. You may now start wondering, what does this have to do with our dogs?
Well, actually, a great deal. Just because our dogs do not work, pay the bills and basically just sit at home, play all day long, eat, sleep, that they don’t experience stress. Not so. The veterinarian profession states that many of the physical symptoms and behavior problems exhibited by pets are often stress responses. Others include scratching, chewing and licking at their own bodies, skin eruptions, excessive drooling, destructive behaviors, housebreaking problems, excessive barking and many many other symptoms can all be signs of stress in your pets life. Signs that your pet is being effective by stress – YOURS. This is the reason that people who have dogs live longer than those who don’t. Your four legged friend is there for you to take on your stress energy and replenish you with his own energy of pure love. This he does on daily basis, and during the holidays your normal stress levels gets higher. He now has to cope with with the excitement and changes in routine caused by the holidays which cause him stresses of his own to deal with.
To make it easier for our four legged friends and help them to pull through the holiday season with as few routine disruptions as possible, here is some advice that may help:
So, the holiday season has started, enjoy the wonder, the festivities and the love they bring, and take a little extra time to say, ”thank you” to the furry faced angel that is there for you all year round. Don’t take him for granted :)