Make sure visitors with allergies or immune system issues know which pets are in the house so they can take precautions.
Plug in a pheromone diffuser, Feliway® for cats and Adaptil® for dogs, at least 3 days before company arrives. This will create sense of safety and security for pets when their routine is being disrupted.
A refresher obedience course can also help ensure that your dog is minding his manners.
Take steps to prevent your pet’s escape when visitors come to the front door.
If you pet is fearful of strangers, create a safe haven in a room away from the entry way and the commotion of visitors. Fill the room with their favorite toys, including enrichment tools which dispense treats. You can also put on classical music to help drown out the noise from other parts of the house.
Make sure your identification information is up to date – microchips are the best form of identification.
Plug in a pheromone diffuser to create a sense of calm and safety in the home. Learn more about Feliway® for cats and Adaptil® for dogs.
Create a safe haven in a quiet room away from all the activity.
Put on some calming music – think Mozart not Metal.
Designate a family member to be near the pets to offer comfort, support or a much needed distraction.
If your pet has been extremely fearful in the past, contact your veterinarian for additional tips on how to maintain a calm environment. For extreme cases, your veterinarian may suggest pharmaceuticals.
If your pet needs a consistent routine or treatments because of illness, injury, age or temperament.
If you have traveled with your pet in the past and they exhibited extreme signs of fear.
If you are flying and have a short-nosed breed such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, some Mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and Bulldogs be wary. These breeds are more likely to die on airplanes than dogs with normal-length muzzles.
If you are concerned about the amount of time that your pet would be traveling during the holidays, it might be worth considering boarding or having a pet sitter come to your home to care for your pet.