Holiday Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet

As we come to the conclusion of this year, our holiday celebrations are still fully active. Dismayingly, that also implies more risks for your pet to experience some unpleasant experiences. Stay vigilant and be mindful of these possible dangers so you can shield your furry family member from any harm!

#1: Delicious food is dangerous for your pet

No holiday feast is complete without tantalizing dishes, but many of these favorite foods can be toxic for your pet. To keep them safe and ensure that it’s paws off the table this season, make sure to avoid serving any of the following 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: Delightful decor leads to disaster

Get into the festive spirit by adorning your home with bright lights, glistening tinsel, and seasonal blooms; however, be mindful of potential hazards to your beloved pet. When it comes to holiday decorations, stay on guard for fragile items like glass ornaments and power cords that could harm them if broken or chewed on. Additionally, Christmas tree stand water and certain holiday plants can cause serious health concerns if ingested. As you decorate this season without worry about Fido’s safety – make sure all four-legged family members are kept away from any potentially harmful objects!

#3: Overnight guests pack multiple hazards

Keep your pet safe when hosting guests by closing off their bedroom doors. Unfamiliar items brought in from the outside can contain potential risks, such as medications, snacks (including granola bars and chocolate), sugar-free gum and more – all of which are attractive to pets looking for something exciting! By keeping guest rooms closed while they’re not present, you ensure your furry family member stays out of harm’s way.

#4: Parties pose a problem

If your New Year’s Eve party becomes a wild celebration, guests may drop food and drinks, leaving these unattended “treats” out for your pet. Toxic foods and cocktails need to be kept away from your furry pal, as do party poppers, glow sticks, and other favors. Additionally, protect your pet from overeager guests determined to make a furry friend by providing your four-legged family member with a quiet sanctuary that is off-limits to people.

#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. When your children are finished using small objects, pick them up to avoid the potential of blockage and kidney damage.

With the extra commotion and activity surrounding the holiday season, your furry pal is more likely to get into mischief. If they run afoul of a holiday hazard, seek emergency treatment or contact our team for help.