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November 30th, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 48 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Note

Only two more days until December then it’s the start of the holiday shopping rush. I’ve already started to see the stores in my hometown get busier and busier with frantic holiday shoppers. While I normally love this time of year, it’s the actual prep work that can really frazzle a normally pulled-together person like myself.

While you may be too busy or overwhelmed to notice, our pets do see how stressed out we get this time of year. And being the compassionate creatures that they are, they too may become stressed out which undoubtedly will leave you with another thing to worry about, compounding the frustration of the holidays.

Our guest writer, Rev. Susan Griffin from The Clip Joint & Naturals for Animals in St. Petersburg, Florida shares with us some insight on how to handle stressed pets during the frantic holiday season.

Happy holidays,


Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team

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 Raw Knowledge

You, Your Pets and the Holidays

Doctor Balance
By Rev. Susan R. Griffin

The holiday season is upon us. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; peace on earth; good will; angels singing; so happy; so relaxed, so idyllic.

Right! Frantic 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 because Jack Frost is nipping at their nose (if you live in Florida like I do), the kids are out of school again, and there’s no way Calgon can take you away.

Which sounds more like your reality? Yes, we love the holidays, but the fact is, even if you enjoy the hustle and bustle, it changes your routine, makes you a bit more tired, and at some level causes you stress. Now we all know what the ultimate effects of stress are on our physical and mental well-being. Even the medical profession is finally admitting that the effects of everyday coping with stress is the root cause of dis-ease, but what in the heck does any of this have to do with our pets?

A great deal actually. We tend to believe that just because our pets don’t go to work or pay the bills and since they basically stay at home and eat, sleep, and play, that they don’t experience stress. Not so. Many of the physical symptoms and behavior problems exhibited by pets are often stress responses. Scratching, chewing and licking at their own bodies, skin eruptions, excessive drooling, destructive behaviors, housebreaking problems, excessive barking, and many other symptoms can all be signs of stress in your pets’ life. Signs that your pet is being effected by stress - Yours. This is the reason that people who have pets live longer than those who don’t. Your companion animal is there for you to take on your stress energy and replenish you with his own energy of pure love. This he does on a daily basis, but during the holidays both your normal stress levels and his are higher. He is now coping with the excitement and changes in routine caused by the holidays which cause him stresses of his own to deal with.

Make sure to keep a bottle of Rescue Remedy® handy to help both you and your pet through the stressful holidayseason. Only $12.97 online at www.barfworld.com.

The important things to remember in order to help your friend get through the holidays are the following:
  1. If any of the previously mentioned stress responses appear or worsen at this time, don’t panic. Give yourself and him more quiet time together just sitting and deep breathing and relaxing. It will help you both. If he’s not coping well, you’re not either (whether you recognize it or not).

  2. Try to keep your routines as normal as possible, especially the ones involving him, or get back to normal routines as soon as possible after the holidays are over.

  3. It is all too tempting to change his diet with fabulous holiday treats and leftovers. DON’T! His system may not be able to cope, and the results can really cause stress for you both.

  4. Although it is tempting, Christmas is not a good time to introduce a new pet into the household. The excitement of coming into a new home can be overwhelming enough to an animal, especially a young one, without the added energies of the holiday season. The long-term consequence could be devastating.

  5. Company can be wonderful, but if he isn’t used to a lot of people and excitement, give him space and plenty of alone time. Be sure you watch how people are relating to him and make sure he is comfortable emotionally at all times. If he gets defensive or protective, it’s not necessarily his fault.
So this holiday season, 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.

Rev. Susan R. Griffin owns and operates The Clip Joint & Naturals for Animalsin St Petersburg, Florida, specializing in holistic pet care. She has been studying canine nutrition and natural health for over 20 years and has been a professional dog person for over 40 years.Visit her web site athttp://naturalsforanimals.com to read more articles, get Susan's book on holistic pet care, "Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet", and get quality natural products like Critter Oil®. Be sure to also visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CritterOilor call The Clip Joint at (727) 327-2356.
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