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Keeping pets stress-free during the holidays

Dr. Carie Wisell of Companion Animal Hospital said if your animals are social, then it’s OK to have them out. / Mary Green

If you’re hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving, you might get a little stressed out.

But an Albany veterinarian said to be on the lookout because it could stress your pets out too.

Dr. Carie Wisell of Companion Animal Hospital said if your animals are social, then it’s OK to have them out, mixing and mingling.

But if they’re usually anxious around strangers or guests, it might be better to keep them in a quiet room.

She said the key is to make them feel right at home.

“Maybe turn on the TV for them or the radio. Believe it or not, that makes it kind of normal for them, and it drowns out some of the other activities going on that they're not used to,” Dr. Wisell said.

She also reminds pet owners that your guests might not be the biggest fans of cats or dogs either, so check with the guests before you let the pets run around.

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