Holiday Hazards Can Harm Your Pet


As we draw closer to the end of this year, holiday festivities are in full swing. While there is great joy and excitement from celebrating with family and friends, it can be a potential hazard for your furry companion if they get too carried away! To avoid any unnecessary mishaps during these special occasions, keep an eye out for these common pet dangers that arise during holidays.


#1: Dangerous & Delicious Food

Revel in the joys of the holiday season with an abundance of delectable dishes, but be sure to keep these fare out of your pet’s reach; otherwise they could be poisoned. Just remember that many of these beloved holiday foods can seriously harm our furry friends:

  • 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 Disasters

Decorating your home for the holidays with beautiful twinkling lights, glittery tinsel, and festive plants is an excellent way to bring cheer into your house. However, keeping in mind that decorations can be hazardous to our furry companions should always remain a priority. Make sure that breakable ornaments as well as electrical cords are out of reach from pets before putting them up around the house – glass shards and electricity could cause serious harm if chewed on or touched! Furthermore, keep holiday plant varieties such as Mistletoe and Holly away from their noses; Christmas tree stands’ water may contain fertilizers which would make our four-legged friends ill if ingested.


#3: Party Problems

This New Year’s Eve, make sure your pet is safe from any potential harm! To avoid the risk of toxic food or drinks being left unattended for them to consume, ensure that all snacks and cocktails are kept securely out of their reach. Additionally, safeguard your furry family member from overly enthusiastic guests by creating a quiet retreat where they can take refuge away from people. Keep party poppers, glow sticks and other decorations far away as well so that you can enjoy the festivities without worrying about your beloved companion at home.


#4: Gifts and toys turn into hazardous items

After playtime is over, it’s important to gather up all the small toys, batteries and gift ribbons your children were using – not only for tidiness’ sake but also to avoid a potentially life-threatening situation. When ingested by pets, these objects can cause blockages in their gastrointestines or lead to toxic buildups that could damage their kidneys. Keep furry friends safe and secure by disposing of any tiny trinkets!


#5: Family & Friends pack multiple hazards

Inviting family and friends into your home can often mean they bring with them items that could be hazardous to the safety of your animals. Make sure you close guest bedroom doors to keep pets out – as some unsuspecting visitors may have brought along medications, granola bars, chocolates, or sugar-free gum which pose potential threats. Keep these dangers at bay by preventing easy access for furry friends!


The holiday season is a time for extra hustle and bustle, which can easily lead to your four-legged family member getting up to some mischief! If they run afoul of a holiday hazard, seek emergency treatment or contact our team for help.