Having Guests and Pets

Are you planning on having visitors over the holiday? It’s always great to reconnect with friends and family at this special time of year. Your furry family member may not be quite as thrilled, however. Read on as a Green Bay, WI vet discusses helping your company get along with your pets.

Fur Busting

Before your visitors arrive, take time to vacuum and dust your house thoroughly. This will help remove dead fur and dander. You may find that a rubber dish glove works great for getting pet fur off your upholstery. You can also use a damp sponge or a squeegee. We recommend changing your air filters as well. It’s a good idea to wash your pet’s toys and bedding, as these things can get pretty stinky. Brushing your furry pal will also help, as you’ll capture that fur with a brush before it gets stuck everywhere.


Many people are allergic to our four-legged pals. If you know or suspect that your guests may suffer from allergies, take a few extra steps to make them comfortable. Set out lots of tissues, and stock up on OTC allergy meds. If possible, select non-allergenic bedding for the guest room, and use blinds instead of drapes.

No-Go Zones

If your guests are staying overnight, you may want to advise them to keep the guest bedroom door closed. You don’t want Fluffy napping in their suitcase, or Fido chewing their shoes!

Ground Rules

Set out a few simple rules concerning your furry friend. This may vary depending on what sort of pet you have, For instance, you may want to let your visitors know that Fluffy isn’t allowed outside, or that Fido shouldn’t be given table scraps. Clarifying things like that from the start can help avoid unpleasant or unsafe occurrences. As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


Take a few minutes a day to play with your pet. Fido will benefit from a long walk and a fun game of Fetch, while Fluffy may be more interested in a few rounds of Catch The Red Dot. If your furry pal is a bit tired out, they’ll be calmer, and more likely to curl up for a nap than run around making mischief.

Please feel free to contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!

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