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Tips For Having Company And Pets

November 1 2023

Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks off, and then we’re into all of the winter holidays and festivities. Many of you are no doubt looking forward to getting together with your loved ones and enjoying seasonal festivities. Pets are part of the family, too, and always add an extra layer of love and warmth to those holiday photos. However, if you’re having people over, you’ll want to take a few steps to make sure things go smoothly between your guests and your furry pal. A Champaign, IL vet offers some advice on having pets and company in this article.

Close Quarters

As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. Ask guests to keep their room door closed at all times. Otherwise, you know Fluffy is going to want to sleep on their suitcase or smack their glasses off the end table.

Allergy Busters

Many people who don’t have pets cite allergies as their reason. If you know or suspect that your guests have allergies, take a few steps to keep them comfortable. Opt for hypoallergenic window coverings and bedding, and put an air purifier in that room. You can also set out tissues and OTC allergy meds.

Cleaning

You want Fido and Fluffy to put their best paws forward. Thoroughly dust and vacuum before your guests arrive, and change out your air filters. You can use a damp sponge or rubber dish gloves to get fur off upholstery, while vinegar cleaners work well at erasing nose prints from windows. We also recommend brushing your furry friend. If you have a dog, give Fido a bath as well.    

Food And Meals

Food is one of the most common holiday dangers for pets. Many of those seasonal favorites are toxic to pets! Ask guests not to feed pets without checking with you. Ask your vet for more infromationa. 

Safety

Guests who have had pets of their own will likely be aware of some of the common do’s and don’ts. However, you’ll still need to be both clear and cautious about safety. You don’t need to print out a handout, but lay down a few rules. Ask visitors not to reprimand pets, and request that they keep any small personal objects, like phones or medicine, in secure spots.  As your Champaign, IL animal clinic, we’re here to help! Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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