Stick to Your Normal Routine This Holiday Season

2 min read
Jan 02, 2022

A predictable routine can be very important for pets- especially amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Specific things such as meals, walks, play time and bedtime may often occur on schedule each day. Whatever schedule has worked for your pets thus far- stick to it!

Sticking to your Pet’s Normal Schedule

If you normally feed Fluffy or Fido first thing in the morning, make sure to do so. If you have a day filled with errands, but your pet is accustomed to a mid-day walk, it may be important to try and accommodate. Pets don’t understand the dozens of duties that must be balanced around the holiday season. Disrupting basic routines as little as possible can help provide a sense of order- even as their lives are filled with new decorations, strange guests, and even new noises and smells. If kids are home from school, or relatives are visiting, it’s possible duties may be split amongst various humans. It may be helpful to keep a checklist of your dog or cat’s daily needs so that nothing gets missed throughout each day.

Things that Your Pet may not be Able to Compromise on:

  • Food (Morning/Evening)
  • Vitamins
  • Exercise
  • Playtime
  • Changing/Scooping of the Litter Box
  • General Grooming
  • Other important tasks to remember:
  • While the above can be considered as ‘pet necessities,’ there are still other important aspects of your pet’s routine that must be managed as well.

Exercise and Playtime

Exercise and playtime allow our pets to release energy in a positive way. Although the holidays can be fun and exciting, new humans can create anxiety for our pets. Without exercise, pets can become anxious, irritable and hyperactive.1

Quality Time With Your Pet

The holidays are a time for togetherness. Whether it is snuggling on the sofa, going for a peaceful walk or throwing the ball in the yard, prioritizing personal time with your pet can make all the difference this holiday season.

Prioritize Pet Safety

While the normal routines are important to follow this holiday season, they may not be enough to keep our pets safe and healthy on their own. Luckily, MetLife Pet Insurance1 created a list of holiday safety tips, designed to keep your pet safe this holiday season. Here at MetLife, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. Having an active pet insurance policy can help cover the cost of unexpected vet visits this holiday season.2

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MGIC”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MGIC’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MGIC to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

2Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.

1 6 Signs Your Dog Isn’t Getting Enough Exercise | PetMD