Christmas Pet Safety

Christmas is here & many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to keep your pets safe!

Be careful with seasonal plants and decorations. The holidays frequently come with many beautiful plants. Unfortunately, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe, lilies & various ivies are either poisonous to pets or can cause an upset stomach. If your pet suddenly starts vomiting or has bouts of diarrhea.

Avoid Holiday Food Dangers. Animals shouldn’t have large amounts of foods like dairy, donuts, fried latkes and fattening cuts of meat (Or anything sweetened with xylitol). Keep in mind that chocolate, raisins and grapes are toxic and potentially fatal for pets. You also can’t feed your pets alliums aka: onions, scallions, garlic and leeks. Be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

The Holiday Glow. Don't leave lighted candles unattended. You want to keep all lit candles out of reach of cats and dogs. Some pets might be clever enough to avoid an open flame, but that’s not a guarantee. Protect furry family members with pet gates, or better yet, simply a closed door. And keep a close eye on the menorah while the candles burn. This is good safety tip for all households, even those without pets.

We know it can get quite cold this time of year. It is best to keep cats and dogs inside during the frigid winter nights. As for dogs, some shorthaired breeds might benefit from winter attire.

Decorative Choking Hazards: Small pieces, gift wrap, tinsel and other objects should never be left around unsupervised. A nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

No pet parent wants their furry friend to end up at the emergency vet during the holidays or face a costly surgery. Take a step back, and try to see things from your pet’s point of view, noting all the things they could get into. Keep these tips in mind this holiday season, and be sure to take extra pet safety precautions as you decorate your home for the upcoming festivities.

“9 Pet Holiday Hazards to Avoid.” Chewy, Pet Central, 1 Mar. 2018,

Casey, Shannon. “7 Holiday Pet Safety Tips - Michelson Found Animals Foundation | Pet Adoption, Microchipping, Spay & Neuter.” Found Animals, 20 June 2018,

“Holiday Safety Tips.” ASPCA,


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