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Keeping the Peace Between Pets and Guests

With the holiday season is upon us, many people are visiting friends and family members. It’s always great to reunite with your loved ones at this time of year! However, it’s important to remember that not everyone has pets. You may want to take a few precautions to help things go smoothly. Here, a White Rock, TX vet offers tips on having both pets and guests.

Preparation

Before your guests arrive, give your furry buddy a good brushing. This will reduce the amount of pet fur that gets stuck to your belongings. If you have a dog, you may want to take your pooch to the groomer’s for a beauty session. We also recommend thoroughly dusting and vacuuming, washing slipcovers and your pet’s bedding, and changing your air filters. (Tip: use a squeegee to get fur off your upholstery.)

Playtime

If you have a lazy senior cat, you probably don’t need to worry too much about Fluffy wreaking havoc. However, younger, more energetic pets are often full of zoom. If you have a frisky dog, keep Fido active with long walks and fun play sessions. After a vigorous stroll or a fun game of Fetch, your pup will probably be tired, and therefore, better behaved. Sleeping pets are good pets!

Guest Room

If possible, opt for floors instead of carpet in your guest room. We also recommend getting hypoallergenic bedding for that room. You may want to advise guests to keep that door closed. You don’t want Fido chewing their shoes, or Fluffy sleeping in their suitcases! If you know or suspect that your visitors have allergies, set out some tissues and OTC allergy meds for them.

Meals

Our animal companions are wonderful friends, but they aren’t perfect. If your pet has bad habits, like begging, keep them in another room during meals. Also, ask guests not to feed your furry buddy without permission. You wouldn’t want someone inadvertently giving your pet something that isn’t safe for them!

Tips

As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep a close eye on your pet while you have company. Dogs and cats often like to be underfoot, which makes it easy for them to get stepped on or get their tails caught in doors.

Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your White Rock, TX vet clinic, anytime.

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