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Guests and Pets

With the holidays coming up, many of us will be welcoming friends and families into our homes soon. Your furry friend is part of the household, too! You may want to take some precautions to keep both your pets and your guests comfortable, and help them get along. A local Bee Cave, TX vet offers a few tips on how to do that below.

Spare Room

If your visitors are staying over, it’s a good idea to ask them to keep the guest room closed. This will keep Fido and Fluffy from sleeping on their bed or chewing their shoes.

Pet Activity

Many pets are calmer and better behaved when they are a bit tired. Play with your furry pal every day, and help them burn off some of that excess zing.

Ground Rules

Set down some basic rules for interacting with your pet. We strongly recommend asking guests not to feed your furry buddy without permission. This is especially important for young children and people without pets of their own, as they may not know what is and isn’t safe for Fluffy and Fido.

Retreat

Some pets are fearless and friendly, and see guests as opportunities for treats and ear scritches. Others are more frightened. If your pet is anxious about guests, make sure they have a comfy spot to retreat to, like a crate or kitty tent.

Getting Ready

Before your company arrives, you’ll probably want to do some fur-busting. Vacuuming and dusting thoroughly is a good start. If you have a carpet steamer, that’s even better. You’ll also want to change your air filters, as well as Fluffy’s litterbox, and wash your pet’s dishes and bedding. If you have a dog, give Fido a bath, and clip his claws.

Allergies

Many people suffer from allergies. (Note: it’s actually the dander, not the fur itself, that typically causes reactions.) Stock up on tissues and OTC allergy meds, and brush your pet daily.

Guest Pets

What if your guests have pets of their own that they want to invite? We recommend setting a few ground rules. Only invite gentle, friendly pets. Make sure that your furry visitors are fixed, vaccinated, and current on their parasite control. Finally, monitor all supervisions between your pet and your visitors’ pets.

Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your local Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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