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Tips to Reduce Pet Stress During the Holidays

The hustle and bustle of the holidays have begun. Here are a few dos to reduce stress this holiday season.

Stick to Your Routine
Try to stay with your normal routine as much as possible. With all of the changes in the environment and with new people around, your pet is already feeling a lot of stress. Therefore, changing his feeding and walk schedule might cause even more stress and anxiety.

Provide Stimulation
Your pets need both downtime and rest, but also mental stimulation. Providing puzzle toys, treats, new and engaging toys while you have company over or if they are home alone for a long period of time might help them feel at ease.

Create a Safe Zone
Have a place readily available for your pet to retreat to if they get overwhelmed. A crate or quiet room is the perfect place for them to feel safe and unwind. This is a perfect place to give puzzle toys and treats to make it a positive place.

Take 5 for Quality Time
Take the time to focus on your four-legged friend. Either it’s a nice walk around the block, high-energy playtime or a great cuddle session at night.

Skip the Festive Attire
If your pet doesn’t enjoy the reindeer antlers or the Santa outfit, we should just settle for the cute holiday background instead.

Monitor your dog’s diet
Keep an eye on the number of extra treats your pet might be having. Especially all those table scraps we all tend to sneak during Holiday meals.

Written by Monica Blanchard, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital