The holiday season is on us, and this year it is suddenly shorter! Or at least it seems that way. Talk about adding stress! So how do you manage the holidays and quality time for your pet?
Of course, we all have the same amount of errands, mailings, and cooking in less time. Hobbes pulled out his warm coat early.
Now exhale! Yes, we are stressed and we are sharing it with our pets.
So let’s all stop for a minute or five minutes. Exhale. Clear your mind by listening to your breathing. Turn off the mind chatter of “I need to…”
Now for some quality time for your pet.
Go over to your pet, and slowly exhale again. You may try yawning while you sit with your dog. Very slowly blink your eyes as you sit with your cat.
Exhale quietly again. Be with your pet. No phone or gadget. Slowly stroke your best friend. If you know TTouch®, do a few TTouches® on your pet and yourself. Try ear slides. Exhale.
As a way of giving thanks to your pet and yourself, try to spend five minutes a day enjoying this special time with your pet. You will feel better and so will they!
Cat issues with litter box? Is your cat being creative where she is going? Is he spraying on furniture and the walls? You are not alone!
The biggest issue for cat pet parents is litter boxes and a cat not using it. Suddenly your cat is spraying outside the box or not even getting close. What do you do?
One of Animal Bridges’clients had this issue. The cat was no longer using the litter box. She didn’t know what to do. When she called, we went through the “Cat Litter Box Check List.”
Hobbes stopped looking out the window and sat with me. Then he slept with me until 6 AM. This was a big shift in his behavior. He usually pouts.
Today a friend said her only child left for college last week. Now her daughter’s cat is very clingy.
Yes, our best friends – cats, dog, rabbits, horses, and any pets are affected by changes.
Your pet received a scary diagnosis. You need a veterinary specialist or service. Who do you ask? The following list is pet parent approved resources of specialists and services from Animal Bridges’ clients. Elaine experienced a few of these specialists with Hobbes or as a client’s extra set of ears or moral support.
No one paid to be on the list. This is not an endorsement of the services. This is a list solely of Animal Bridges clients’ recommendations of pet parent approved resources. The information is from the website or brochure of the services listed.
Many of the veterinarians are board certified. Please use this list as a starting point of finding the correct vet or service for your pet.
Animal Emergency and Referral Service http://aercmn.com
Michelle Rose, DVM
Oakdale, MN 651-501-3766
St. Paul, MN 651-293-1800
“…profession interests include minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of congenital heart disease and strategies for congestive heart failure that optimize the patient’s quality of life.”
Veterinary Cardiology Specialists http://vetcardiologist.com
Janet Olson, DVM, DACVIM
Minnesota and Iowa 612-353-7440
“Veterinary Cardiology Specialists (VCS) works hand-in-hand with veterinary hospitals to provide uncompromised cardiac care for patients with heart disease.”
Now is the perfect time to prepare and help your dog with these frightening experiences. Some cats are afraid of storms or loud noises. Remember your dog or cat will feel the barometric changes hours before you notice the storm clouds.
Have you ever experienced being embarrassed by your pet’s behavior? Or your pet is afraid of thunderstorms or gets car sick? I have and know the feelings of embarrassment, frustration, and not knowing where to go for help.
I remember my shock and embarrassment when my previous dog, Boomer, was at the vet’s for a physical. As the vet looked into his eyes, Boomer made a guttural growl from his belly. He sounded like something from the “Exorcist” movie! Yes, the exam ended and Boomer needed to come back to the vet for some blood work.
October is the month of changes and Halloween. Some people like getting “scared” with the goblins, ghosts, and horrible monsters. Scared cats and dogs are just that — scared!
Our pets don’t understand why people are dressed funny, wear masks, and try to scare them. For many pets it is a time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Pets don’t understand Halloween and can be afraid.
What does fear feel like? Imagine getting a dreaded phone call or dropping your dog’s leash and losing him.
When I meet people they tell me about their pets. Was your pet rescued? What is your pet’s story? Everyone has a story to tell and I love learning about each individual animal companion.
Often I hear:
She was a pet rescued from a puppy mill and had a horrible life (lots of details).
He was abused dog.
She was a feral cat and all beat up.
Usually I hear more about the pet‘s life before her wonderful forever home.
School has started. Schedules change.
What is changing in your life and your pet’s life?
- Are your schedules changing from being home during the summer to going back to school?
- Is your pet’s best buddy going off to college or moving into an apartment?
- Did your work schedule change and you are working different times?
- Do you have new activities – sports, meetings, scouts – and won’t be home for your pet?
- Other changes include new member of family (human or animal), death in family or a friend (human or animal), change in employment, moving, finances, etc.
Although these changes may not affect you, the changes may be confusing to your pet.