Your Dog and Guests

The holiday season has arrived! Many people invite friends and family to stay with them at this time of year. It’s always great to reunite with loved ones. But what about Fido? Not everyone is as fond of or familiar with Man’s Best Friend as we are. Here, a Michigan City, IN vet discusses helping dogs and guests get along.

Have Fido Put His Best Paw Forward

Make sure Fido is clean and well-groomed. A lot of people will be less than thrilled at being greeted by a stinky dog! Consider bringing him to the salon.

Lay A Few Rules Down

We recommend setting down some simple rules. Ask guests not to feed or discipline your furry pal without checking. You don’t want someone giving Fido a ‘treat’ that isn’t safe for him.

Keep An Eye On Your Pup

Dogs often stick close to their humans. This is of course adorable, but it isn’t always safe for Fido to be underfoot. Our canine pals are prone to getting stepped on, or getting their tails caught on things. Keep a close eye on your furry friend. If you’re having a lot of people over, you may want to put your pooch in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding.

Playtime

Is your pup a bundle of zoom? Take time to walk and play with him every day. This will burn off some of his excess energy. After a fun play session, your four-legged friend will probably be a bit tired, and more interested in napping than in making doggy mischief.

Allergies

Do you know or suspect that your visitors have allergies? Vacuum and dust thoroughly before they arrive, and change your air filters. If you can, use a room with flooring, instead of carpet, for the spare room. It’s also a good idea to install a good air purifier in that room. You may want to stock up on tissues and OTC medications as well.

Spare Room

Speaking of spare rooms, if your guests are staying in one, have them keep the door closed. That way, you won’t have to worry about your furry buddy eating their shoes or getting fur all over the bed. This is also safer for Fido. You don’t want him eating jewelry or medicine off a nightstand!

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, anytime.

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