What To Do When Holiday Guest Shows Up With A Pet

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You have the tree decorated and holiday plans prepared, then suddenly you get a call from guests who want to bring their pet along to your house. How do you respond appropriately and still make them feel welcome?

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"It's not uncommon for guests to bring pets to holiday parties because they consider their animals a part of the family and no longer want to leave them at home," said Dr. Jeff Smith, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). "Nevertheless, whether you're a pet lover or not, it's always good to be prepared if ever asked to house a four-legged visitor during times of festive gatherings."

The CVMA encourages people to ask the following questions before deciding whether to accept or refuse a pet visitor:

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