Tips to keep your pets relaxed this Christmas



Christmas can be a very stressful time of year for our pets. New unusual things appear with lights and funny shapes on them. Houses become a lot louder, there are new people coming and going. There are new smells and noises.


The daily routine has changed as we may like a longer lie in during our holidays or delay bringing the dog for a walk or not get the time to play with the cat because the dinner has to go on. All of these things may seem small and insignificant to us pet owners, but for our furry friends it can cause a bit of distress.


Our pets may begin to act a bit out of sorts. They may hide away in another part of the house, or become more vocal. They might urinate/defecate in the house even though they are perfectly house/litter trained. Furniture may take the brunt of their frustrations also.


To avoid any upset of stress to your pet this Christmas there are a few things we can do as pet owners:

  • Keep to their routine

This means that if Fluffy normally gets breakfast at 8:30am and her morning walk at 10am to stick to those times as normal.

  • Avoid giving any unusual treats/people food

As this is a stressful time our pets tummy’s may not cope well with new foods and it may cause some sickness.

  • Use unbreakable decorations

Avoid using fragile decorations-such as baubles- as our cats love to play with these.

  • Ensure all cables are well protected

A strong cable guard will protect from our pets that feel like  having a quick nibble.

  • Decorate the house over a week or two

This gives our pets a chance to adjust to new surroundings and not have to deal with a lot of change in one day

  • Give your pet a safe place

A quiet room away from the hussle and bussle. Somewhere with a bed, food and water and plenty of toys to keep them entertained.

  • Ask visitors to give your pet some space

Instead of rubbing your pet to make friends, ask guests to give your pet one of their treats that you have prepared as part of their daily food ration.

  • Don’t forget our pets like presents too!

A new scratching post or a new puzzle game for your pet to unwrap will be very much appreciated and also keep them distracted while you open your presents.


If you have any questions,

or  you would like some more helpful tips about

keeping your pet relaxed this Christmas you can call us at

Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital

on 01 6237044


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