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December 01, 2019

The holiday season is officially here! Many of us are looking forward to spending quality time with our loved ones over the next few weeks. This is a very busy travel time, as many people go quite a long way to visit their friends and families. If you’re having guests over the next few weeks, read on! A Pasadena, MD vet discusses helping Fido cohabitate with visitors below.

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Before your guests arrive, give Fido a bath, and clip his nails. That way, your guests won’t be greeted by a stinky dog. It’s also a good idea to dust and vacuum thoroughly, change your air filters, and wash your pet’s bedding.

Doggy Workout

Do you have a furry, four-legged bundle of zoom on your hands? Take Fido for a vigorous walk every day, and then treat him to a fun play session. Your pup will be less inclined to making mischief if he’s tired.

Guest Room

Have your guests keep their room closed. Not everyone will be charmed to find Fido snoring on their bed! This also helps reduce the risk of your pooch getting into something that isn’t safe, such as snacks or medicine. If your furry pal is a chewer, you may also want to advise them to keep things like shoes and purses in their room.

Allergies

Do some of your guests have allergies? Consider investing in a good air purifier. This will also help defeat doggy smells, and improve your home’s air quality. You may also want to set out some tissues, and stock up on OTC meds. If possible, get hypoallergenic bedding for the guest room, and use blinds instead of drapes. Vacuuming daily will also help reduce the amount of fur and dust in the air.

Ground Rules

Setting a few simple ground rules can really reduce the odds of any problems arising. Ask guests not to feed or discipline your canine friend without checking with you first. You don’t want someone giving your pooch something that isn’t safe for him! If Fido is prone to begging, you may want to keep your theatrical pet in a separate area during meals. Pay extra attention to young children: little kids don’t always know the do’s and don’ts of interacting with dogs.

Happy Holidays! As your Pasadena, MD veterinary hospital, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please contact us anytime!


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