Holiday Hazards Harming Your Pet

As we approach the end of this eventful year, festivities remain in full swing. Unfortunately, extra motion and stress can lead to hazardous situations for your pet if you’re not paying attention. To ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, keep an eye out for these potential hazards that could affect your furry companion!


#1: Delicious food is dangerous for your pet

Delicious feasts are one of the biggest highlights of holiday celebrations. But certain festive dishes can be hazardous for furry family members, so make sure to keep pets away from these delectable– yet dangerous — treats:

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


#2: Delightful decor leads to disaster

Create a cheery, festive atmosphere in your home this holiday season without endangering your pet! Make sure to keep fragile items and any electrical cords out of reach to prevent injuries. Additionally, beware that Christmas tree stand water and certain plants might be toxic if ingested by animals. With these simple precautions, you can decorate guilt-free while protecting your furry companion!


#3: Overnight guests pack multiple hazards

When your loved ones come over, they may be bringing along some hidden risks in their bags. Make sure to keep the doors of any guest bedrooms shut so that your furry companion won’t get into anything hazardous such as medications, granola bars, chocolate, sugar-free gum and more! Prevention is better than cure when it comes to keeping everyone safe – including pets!


#4: Parties pose a problem

As your New Year’s Eve festivities reach their peak, it is important to remember that food and drinks left unattended can present a risk for your furry pal. Keep party favors such as toxic foods and cocktails away from pets, in addition to glow sticks and poppers. To safeguard them further still, provide your four-legged family member with an area of solitude shielded from people seeking out a petting session.


#5: Gifts and toys turn into hazardous items

Small toys, batteries, and gift ribbons can lead to gastrointestinal obstruction or a toxicity issue for your pet. Pick up small items when children are done playing with them to prevent a blockage or kidney damage.


With the festive bustle and extra excitement of the holiday season, your furry companion is more likely to get up to no good. If they run afoul of a holiday hazard, seek emergency treatment or contact our team for help.