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Holiday Hazards for Pets

December 01, 2020

WIth the holidays approaching, many people are busy cooking, shopping, and decorating. Your pet will be paying very close attention as you prepare for this year’s festivities! Just put your furry pal’s health and safety first. This can be a dangerous time of year for our animal companions. Read on as a Seminole, FL veterinarian lists some of the dangers you should be aware of.


Food is one of the top concerns. Dogs are slightly more at risk here, just because they tend to snap up anything within reach. Cats tend to be pickier, but they sometimes do eat things they shouldn’t, especially if coaxed to. Some dangerous foods  include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; pitted fruits; nuts; caffeine; avocado; and meat on the bone. Ask your vet for more information.


Did you know that holly, ivy, poinsettia, and many other seasonal plants are toxic to pets? Make sure these are in spots where your pet can’t access them.


Hopefully it goes without saying that visitors should never pose a direct threat. That said, there is a lot of potential for mishaps. Pets tend to get underfoot, which can result in paw and tail injuries. Your furry pal could also slip out an open door. Just keep a close eye on things! 


Candles add a perfect finishing touch to your holiday décor. However, pets and flames are a very dangerous combination. Keep candles and potpourri burners in high spots that your furry pal can’t reach. 


Don’t forget that pets have an amazing capacity for mischief. Anything small or sharp is a potential hazard, as are items with dangling ropes or cords. It’s also best to keep anything Fido might possibly want to nibble on out of paws’ reach.


Trees may not seem very hazardous at first. However, there are some concerns here. For one thing, the tree’s water could be toxic. Many trees are treated with things like pesticides and fire retardants, which are not safe for pets. The needles can also cause serious internal issues if swallowed. Lights, tinsel, ribbons, ornament hooks, and fragile ornaments are also dangerous. With cats, there’s also the possibility that Fluffy could topple the tree. 

Happy Holidays from Dr. Kathy and staff! Please contact us, your Seminole, FL pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.