Make sure holiday decorations are kept away from
little paws. Pets can knock down Christmas ornaments/tinsel/hooks then ingest
them causing a serious medical emergency. Also artificial snow contains
chemicals that can be harmful to pets if inhaled or ingested. Holiday lights
(electrical cords) if chewed on may cause burns, cardiac rest. Homemade Play
dough, and salt dough ornaments can also be dangerous (causing life threatening
Be careful where you place holiday plants,
pretty as they are if ingested can be toxic to pets. (i.e. Ivy, Holly, Christmas greens, Mistletoe,
Poinsettia, and Lilies, Kalanchoe.)
Holiday guests coming over can provide an open
door for escape. Please make sure pets are micro chipped and have current ID
tags. Or to make it less stressful on
you and your pet try placing them in a separate room, or kenneling them at a
boarding facility. Holiday guests can also bring other dangers (Medications).
Pets can explore suitcases and possibly get into pill vials guest have in them.
Having a list of their medication (names, milligram strength) can be helpful if
pets should get ahold of dropped pills.
scraps – are a danger for your pets, the fatty foods we eat at the holidays can
cause stomach problems such as gastrointestinal upsets. Also the onions/onion powder
found in stuffing or used to season food can destroy red blood cells in your
dog or cat which can lead to anemia. Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that
can cause kidney damage in both dogs and cats if ingested. Did you also know
Herbs and their essential oils/resins can cause gastrointestinal upset, even
central nervous system depression to pets (especially cats). Garlic and Avocados may cause pets to become
lethargic, and vomiting.
Bones can cause
choking, or possible other obstructions that may need to be removed by an
emergency surgical procedure. To be safe discard any unused bones in a secure
bag and place in a garage can outside that locks closed.
Remember when serving deserts, or stuffing
stocking for children that some chemicals found in sweets are toxic to pets,
(i.e.) Chocolate, Xylitol.
In the cold weather beware of de-icing products!
Salt used to melt ice/snow can get into paws, causing skin irritation or more
serious medical conditions. Please be sure to wipe your pet’s paws and tummy
when they come in from the cold.
Another cold weather tip is to make sure
antifreeze is kept where your pets cannot knock over and ingest them. The sweet
tasting liquid can be deadly.
When celebrating the holidays, if you plan on
using candles make sure they are placed where little paws cannot knock them
over (i.e. Advent, Menorah).
are planning on having a living tree in your home make sure pets cannot get into
the water in the base, as the chemicals we add to the water are toxic if
ingested by pets.
hosting a holiday party please remember alcoholic beverages are never ok to
give to your pets. Make sure guests place drinks where pets cannot reach them.
The alcohol in drinks can cause seizures, difficulty breathing, vomiting, etc.
are planning to do some holiday baking please remember cookies, and baked goods
may contain nuts that can be harmful to pets. Walnuts and Macadamia are two
kinds that may cause severe lethargy, joint pain.
Snow Globes are pretty to look at but some can
be a danger to pets- some globes contain a highly toxic substance called
ethylene glycol. If broken pet can ingest liquid causing Seizures, excessive
thirst and urination, panting, vomiting, lethargy, acute kidney failure, death.
are planning to ring in the New Year with
balloons/confetti please remember the strings on balloons, and the small pieces
of confetti can be harmful to your
beloved pets if ingested.