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Dogs and Guests

Happy Holidays! Are you planning on having visitors over the next few weeks? If so, you may want to take a few steps to ensure that your pooch and your guests get along. A Sugar Land, TX vet offers advice on helping your dogs and guests co-exist below.

Guest Room

If your guests will be staying over, ask them to keep the guest room door closed. Otherwise, Fido may decide to sleep on their bed! This is also safer for your pup. Dogs aren’t above eating medicine that was left on a nightstand, or chewing up a visitor’s shoes!

First Impression

Before your guests arrive, give Fido a good bath and clip his nails. That way, your pet will be clean and fresh while he’s on door doggy duty!

Playtime

Do you have a frisky, mischievous pooch? Make sure your canine buddy is getting enough exercise and playtime. A fun session of Fetch will help Fido burn off his excess energy. Afterwards, he’ll be calmer and less rambunctious.

Ground Rules

We recommend setting down a few basic rules for your visitors. It’s much easier to avoid potential conflicts than to deal with issues after the fact! Ask guests not to discipline your pet without permission. If Fido has a penchant for chewing on or eating things like shoes, advise your guests to keep these things in their room.

Allergies

If you aren’t sure whether or not your guests have allergies, find out in advance. You’ll want to dust and vacuum either way, but if your company is allergic to dogs, you may want to take some extra precautions as well. Stock up on OTC medicines, and change your air filters. You may also want to get a good air purifier. If you want to be extra thoughtful, set out boxes of tissues, and use pet wipes on Fido.

Food

Does your furry pal put on his cutest, most theatrical doggy expression during dinner? Keep Fido crated or in another room as you are eating. Not only is begging bad doggy manners, it can also be dangerous. Not everyone knows what is and isn’t safe for Man’s Best Friend. The last thing you want is for someone to give your pup something that is dangerous for him!

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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