The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to get festive. While you pull out your decorations and make plans to celebrate, please keep your dog’s or cat’s safety and health front of mind, and beware of these holiday hazards for your pet:
Plants. Certain plants are synonymous with Christmas, like mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias. Though you may believe the latter to be poisonous, know that poinsettias only pose a minimal threat. On the other hand, definitely steer clear of mistletoe and holly because they can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and much more serious issues.
Foods and drinks. Forgo the urge to share your holiday meal with your pet, as human foods and drinks can wreak havoc on their bodies. Common holiday culprits include chocolate, bones found in turkey and ham, and alcohol, among others. Depending on what’s ingested, problems like vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death can occur, so stick to their regular diet and err on the side of caution.
Christmas tree. As soon as the Christmas tree is up, our four-legged friends are curious. Dogs love to sniff and chew, and cats love to climb. Help shield them from danger by securing the tree (to keep it from falling) and by using safe, shatter-proof ornaments in areas within their reach. For real trees, avoid fertilizer, and don’t allow pets to drink standing water in order to minimize risk of vomiting and diarrhea.
Lighting. Many pets love to chew on electrical cords, especially those that are new to the home, but this practice is a bad idea year round for many reasons. However, no one expects you to go without lighting on your tree or around your house, so keep an eye on your dogs and cats and unplug the lights when you’re not home.
In closing, know that if you’re introducing something new to your pet’s living space and it doesn’t fall on this list, it’s not necessarily okay. Contact our team at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals for the lowdown on the item in question, and help your pet to have a merry and safe holiday season.