Holiday Pet Hazards


With the holiday season in full gear, there is an even higher likelihood that your pet may get themselves into some mischief. Be sure to keep an extra eye on them during these merry festivities and look out for potential dangers that could arise from this exciting time of year.


#1: Dangerous food for your pet

Delightful aromas wafting from holiday tables are a hallmark of this special time of year. But, it’s important to remember that many festive dishes can be hazardous for pets – make sure they stay away from these particular food items:

  • Turkey and ham, especially the bones
  • Chives, leeks, onions, and garlic
  • Unbaked bread dough
  • Raisins and currants
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Avocados
  • Alcohol


#2: Decor that can lead to disaster

Transform your home into a whimsical winter wonderland with sparkling lights, shimmering tinsel, and vibrant greenery! However, it’s important to keep in mind that some decorations may be hazardous for our furry friends. To prevent any harm coming to them, make sure they can’t access fragile or electrical items such as glass baubles or cables. In addition, Christmas tree stand water and holiday plants have the potential to cause severe issues if ingested. So let’s spread the cheer this season while keeping our pets safely away from these risks!


#3: Overnight guests pack multiple hazards

When you open your home to family and friends, they may unintentionally carry in hidden risks with their luggage. To protect your pet from medications, granola bars, chocolate, sugar-free gum or other hazardous substances that could be lurking inside visitors’ suitcases and purses – always keep guest bedroom doors closed!


#4: Presents can turn into hazardous items

Small toys, batteries, and gift ribbons can lead to gastrointestinal obstruction or a toxicity issue for your pet. To prevent choking hazards or kidney damage, immediately collect any toys your child is no longer playing with.


#5: Problems at a party

Make sure your New Year’s Eve event is a safe haven for all of its attendees, including four-legged friends. By keeping hazardous items such as party poppers and glow sticks away from curious noses and paws, you can ensure that no furry pal will be harmed. Additionally, providing an off-limits space where pets can retreat to if they feel overwhelmed by boisterous guests ensures everyone has the ideal night out filled with joy instead of worry!


During the festive holiday period, your furry friend is far more prone to getting into a bit of trouble. If they run afoul of a holiday hazard, seek emergency treatment or contact our team for help.