Seasonal Tip: Holiday Safety

There is no reason why your pet can’t enjoy the holidays with you and your family, but there are things you need to consider when decorating, cooking, and wrapping gifts. Our pets are naturally curious and will always have a tendency to investigate foods and other items that interest them. Below, we’ve included a list of things that could cause health problems for your pet—so be sure to keep them out of their reach.

Foods & Beverages:

  • Chocolate, caffeine, alcohol
  • Garlic, onions, leeks and chives
  • Grapes, raisins and currants
  • Yeast from unbaked dough, nutmeg
  • Sugar-free candies and baked goods (xylitol, an artificial sweetener, is very dangerous for animals)
  • Chicken and turkey bones (can cause choking, intestinal blockage, and internal injury)

Decorations & Plants:

  • Poinsettias
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Amaryllis
  • Pine/fir tree
  • Jerusalem cherry
  • Electrical cords and wires
  • Ribbons
  • Garland
  • Tinsel
  • Candles/open flames
  • Glass ornaments

When planning for the holidays, keep your pet’s safety at the forefront of every decision you make. After all, your pet relies on you to protect them. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday, and be sure to contact our office if you have questions!