Holidays can be stressful for dogs. Here’s how to tackle it – CNN

Dogs can also experience anxiety from being separated from their family members, being left alone or moving into a new home. That’s good to keep in mind if your holiday plans involve traveling or adopting a new pet.

“It’s normal to expect a change in our dogs or cats behavior during this time of the year,” said Dr. Jose Arce, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “And it’s important that we recognize some of the signs of anxiety so that we can do something about it.”

As the holiday season gets into full swing, here’s what experts say to look for and advice for keeping your animals calm.

What behavior to look for

Panting, pacing, aggression, excessive barking, drooling, destruction and having accidents in the house may all be signs of anxiety. So can restlessness and not eating on a typical schedule. Pay attention to body language — for example, a dog pulling its ears back or showing the whites of its eyes — can also indicate fear.

That behavior could be a one-time event or a longer term issue that requires a visit to a veterinarian, according to vets and animal behaviorists who spoke to CNN.

Some signs of stress are often misinterpreted as excitement or joy by pet owners, experts say. Dogs can be clingy when they are anxious and may stay near their owners or even try to get close to new people in order to suss them out, according to Rosie Bescoby, a clinical animal behaviorist and spokesperson for the United Kingdom’s Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.

Hyperactivity is another sign of animal stress that people might misread as your pet having a good time.

Give your dog a safe space

The most important thing dog owners can do is make sure your pet has a place where they can relax if visitors and unfamiliar faces become too much.

“Whether you’re celebrating alone or with a large family, it’s important to provide a safe, quiet place for your pets so they can escape the excitement,” said Arce.

Important to remember that what might be fun for human visitors can be overwhelming for pets. During holiday parties, Arce suggested keeping a quiet room for your dog and leaving the TV on, which acts as comforting white noise. Checking on dogs regularly also helps ease stress.

Pets aren’t always good at managing their own emotions, according to experts, so it’s a good idea to make sure your dog takes breaks from the excitement even if it looks like they are enjoying the new company.

Vets also suggest not moving your pet’s bed during the holidays and not rearranging the furniture to fit a Christmas tree in the house — those changes can impact a dog’s perception of the safety of their environment.

Keep up the routine

“Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on a good routine,” said Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer for The American Kennel Club. “We …….


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Pets for adoption – Arizona Daily Star

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Crews douse North Park fire, revive two pet cats – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Crews revived two pet cats and doused a kitchen fire in a North Park apartment building late Monday morning, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.

The fire was reported about 11:35 a.m. on Park Boulevard north of Cypress Avenue, near North Park’s western border with Hillcrest.

Firefighters searched the apartment for victims, and came across two cats they needed to revive, Battalion Chief Erik Windsor told OnScene TV.

“Fortunately San Diego fire units have veterinary style EMS (emergency medical service) equipment on our units and they were able to use that equipment to revive the cats,” Windsor said.

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