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Guests And Pets

November 15, 2022
The holidays are coming up quick! Many of you will be hosting more visitors than usual over the coming weeks. A local Omaha, NE vet offers some advice on having both guests and pets in this article.

Guest Room

Having overnight guests? It’s a good idea to ask your visitors to keep the guest room closed. This will help you avoid awkward incidents, such as Fido chewing up a shoe or Fluffy snoozing in a suitcase. You also won’t need to worry about playful pets getting into any of your guests’ medications or other unsafe items.

Best Paw Forward

It’s important for your furry buddy to make a good impression. Make sure that Fido is nice and clean! Brush your pup carefully, or take him to the groomer’s. Most cats will see to their own grooming, but be sure to change the litterbox.

Rules

You don’t need to present your visitors with a printed handbook, and it’s probably best not to. However, you should ask them not to feed or discipline Fido and Fluffy without checking with you. If your dog or cat is prone to mischief or chewing, ask guests to keep personal items out of paws’ reach.

Cleaning

Some furbusting may be in order. You can use a squeegee, damp cloth, or rubber dish glove to remove fur from upholstered pieces. Dusting and vacuuming will also help get rid of dust and dander. We recommend changing your air filter as well.

Allergies

Do you know or suspect that your guests have allergies? Stock up on OTC products and tissues, and wash your guest linens with a hypoallergenic detergent. It’s also a good idea to wash or vacuum throw rugs, pillows, and drapes.

Food

Most people with pets have a pretty good idea of what is and isn’t safe for our four-legged friends to eat. However, people who don’t have furry companions may not know that, for instance, grapes can be deadly to Fido, or that meat on the bone is a serious choking hazard. Ask guests not to feed your furry bff without checking first.

Children

Children and pets make adorable buddies, and can take super cute pictures. However, they don’t always understand each other. Supervise all interactions carefully, especially with little ones. Better safe than sorry! Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Omaha, NE animal clinic, today!
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