The holidays are an exciting time for your family, but they can also be stressful for certain family members, like your pets. While puppies and kittens could adore the extra attention, they could also become nippy or even bite or attack due to the stress of having so many people around. If you're heading to a home with a dog or cat, here are a few things you can do to help keep yourself and others safe.
First, make sure that any dog that appears anxious or uncomfortable, that includes dogs that are tucking their tails or getting too excited, are put away in a crate or separated into another room until they calm down or until the guests leave.
It's most common for dogs to bite relatives or neighbors, because they're most likely to come into contact with those individuals. Children can also become victims, since they are more likely to play too rough with a puppy or dog that does not want to be disturbed. When children run around, that is also enticing to dogs that might want to chase or jump on the kids; this can lead to biting incidents.
Remember that if a dog isn't familiar with you or your loved ones, you should approach it with caution. The holidays might be exciting for you, but the dog or other pets in the home don't understand what's happening. Don't pick up dogs or cats that have walked away or make it obvious they don't want to be disturbed. If you are bitten, it's important to talk to the owner; he or she will likely be liable for your medical costs. Our website has more information about what to do if you're left in a sticky situation because of a holiday bite.