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Pets and Guests

Are you planning to have company over the next few weeks? If so, don’t forget to consider your pet when getting everything ready! Not everyone is as familiar with and/or enamored by our furry pals as we are. Read on for some great tips from a Downey, CA vet on helping guests and pets co-exist peacefully.

Guest Room

We recommend asking guests to keep their guest room closed at all times. This will help avoid awkward incidents, like Fido chewing their shoes or Fluffy sleeping on their suitcase. It’s also safer for pets, especially if your guests leave potentially dangerous items out. Even something as innocuous as a medicine bottle left out on a nightstand can have disastrous consequences!

Ground Rules

Many of our furry patients see guests as extra hands for giving ear scritches, and extra laps to nap in. However, some dogs and cats are more uneasy with strangers. You may want to set a few simple rules for interacting with your pet. These will somewhat depend on your pet’s personality. Does your cat tend to morph from a purring, cuddly lovebug to a hissing ball of rage with no warning? Maybe it’s best for your visitors to leave Fluffy alone. Does Fido get possessive about his food and toys? Ask guests not to touch his things. It’s also a good idea to ask your visitors not to discipline your pet.

Allergies

Allergies are something to consider when having guests. If possible, choose a room with flooring instead of carpets for guests. You’ll also want to opt for non-allergenic bedding, and get blinds instead of drapes. We also recommend getting a good air purifier, and vacuuming and dusting regularly. Setting out tissues and OTC allergy meds is a thoughtful touch.

Food

Not all foods are safe for our animal companions. Ask guests not to feed your four-legged friend. This is especially important to remember if you’re having children over, as little kids could easily ‘share’ something dangerous with Fido or Fluffy.

Playtime

Pets are very emotional, and often get rather stressed out by major changes. Take time to play with your pet every day. A fun play session will burn off your furry friend’s nervous energy, leaving them calmer and better behaved.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Downey, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Holiday Hazards for Pets

With the holidays approaching fast, many people are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating, and preparing for those seasonal celebrations. Your beloved pet is an important part of your family, and will be right by your side throughout this special time of year. However, the holidays do present some specific dangers for pet parents to be aware of. A Norwalk, CA vet lists some of them below.

Food

Many popular seasonal foods are not safe for our furry pals. And while some may only give your dog or cat an upset tummy, others can cause serious medical issues. Grapes, currants, and raisins, for instance, are extremely dangerous to dogs. Even eating a single grape can cause some pups to go into organ failure! Play it safe, and don’t give your pet anything that isn’t safe for them. Some other foods to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruit; raw dough or yeast; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; and anything fried or sugary. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as is anything that contains xylitol.

Decorations

Those pretty seasonal decorations can truly give your home a special glow, but many of them really aren’t safe for pets. Ribbons, tinsel, electric light strands, wreaths, and garlands can all choke or entangle frisky dogs and cats. Ornament hooks are also dangerous. We also recommend getting sturdy ornaments: the more fragile ones can shatter into dangerous shards if your furry friend knocks them down.

Plants

Toxic plants are one of the most common household hazards for pets, and the holiday season is no exception. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, lilies, and poinsettias are all toxic to Fido and Fluffy. Pine needles—both real and artificial—are also hazardous. Err on the side of caution, and keep plants away from those cute paws. If you get a real tree, you’ll also need to cover the water bowl. The water may contain residue from pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. These definitely aren’t safe for pets to drink!

Guests

Stress and anxiety can also take a toll on our furry buddies. Some pets get very nervous when there’s a lot of commotion. If your animal companion is a bit anxious, consider putting him in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and comfy bedding when you have guests.

Happy Holidays! Please call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!