Second, secure your pets if you are planning to entertain guests. Constantly opening and closing doors are prime opportunities for pets to escape unnoticed and become lost or injured. If your pets tend to be door dashers or opportunists in this type of situation, you should consider keeping them in a bedroom until all the guests have arrived, and then put them back when guests begin to head home.
Third, some pets become fearful when extended family members and friends come to visit. This can lead to a bite situation. If your pets become anxious or seem overly timid around guests, it is best to keep them off-limits to all company and in a room as far away from the action as possible.
Finally, it seems almost inevitable that pets are given as gifts on an actual holiday, and though I can understand the logic for this, it is best to bring a new pet home before the big day, or wait until after the holiday is over. This will allow for a calm and stable environment in which to introduce a new companion animal. It is also vital to ensure that the recipients want a pet, and, more important, are capable of providing the time and care required. All too often, pets given as holiday gifts end up being relinquished to animal shelters within a few weeks or months.
Don't be a part of this tragedy. Remember, animals are sentient beings and not toys.
The holiday season is a wonderful time. Let's remember to make it as enjoyable for our pets as it is for us.