Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Holiday Food Dangers

  • Skip the sweets! Chocolate and anything with artificial sweetners (xylitol) are extremely harmful if ingested by your pet.
  • Fatty and spicy foods and bones should be avoided. These can make your pet ill or injure them. Nobody wants expensive vet bills during the holidays!
  • No, Fido and Fluffy cannot participate in the holiday toast.
    • Stick to water for those with fur and keep alcohol out of paws reach.

Holiday Plant and Decoration Dangers

  • Anchor your Christmas tree down. You don’t want any mishaps from a little tree climbing or tail wagging.
  • Keep poinsettias, mistletoe and holly away from the cat and dog. These holiday plants are extremely poisonous to your pets.
  • Keep fragile ornaments, decorations and lights out of paws reach. Nobody wants their pet to end up like Aunt Bethany’s cat!

Hustle and Bustle Safety

  • Make sure your pet has their own private safe place to be if they are uncomfortable or stressed from holiday commotion, especially during New Years Eve fireworks and noise making.
    • Give them their favorite toy, a yummy bone or turn on some soft music to keep them comfortable and occupied.
  • Encourage your guests to keep all medications and toiletries out of paws reach.
  • Watch out for door dashers!
    • It’s also important to make sure your pet has an ID tag and up to date microchip in case they dart out the front door.

Most importantly, before you make a decision to give a pet as a Christmas gift to someone else, consider if EVERYONE is ready for the responsibility and new family addition. Unfortunately many animals enter shelters after the holidays because people simply want a cute puppy or kitten to pop out of a box on Christmas day wearing a great big bow. It may make for a tear jerking You Tube video but what’s even more sad is when those animals end up in a shelter a couple months later because someone wasn’t prepared.