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!

Seasonal Tip: Hurricane Preparedness  

As September heralds in hurricane season, it is essential that you have a well-thought-out plan to keep your pet safe. Get ready as early in advance as possible so you can make quick decisions and anticipate last-minute changes. Include the following in your preparedness plan:

  • Make sure your pet is wearing an updated identification tag, and has a registered microchip. Having both of these forms of ID on your pet is important, because if your pet gets lost, whoever finds them may not have a means of scanning for a chip. If you can, include your cell phone number on your pet’s tag.
  • Put together an emergency kit that includes the following:
    • Fresh food and water that will last your pet at least 5 days.
    • Your pet’s medications (if they have them) and up-to-date medical records kept in a waterproof compartment with a first aid kit.
    • Garbage bags, litter, a litter box, and a scoop to collect and dispose of waste.
    • A secure pet carrier, sturdy leash and/or harness. Include bedding and warmth (if seasonally appropriate) for your pet’s carrier to keep them as comfortable as possible, especially if they need to remain in the carrier for hours at a time.
    • Recent photos of you with your pet to show to people in case your pet goes missing, and to prove that your pet belongs to you.
    • Information for feeding your pet and administering their medication and the number of your primary veterinarian in case your pet has to be boarded.
  • Have a safe destination picked out in advance. You may not be able to take your pet to an emergency shelter, so find out if they can be evacuated from the area with you, and if there are any pet friendly hotels and motels outside of the evacuation zone. It also helps to ask establishments with a “no pets” policy if they can take pets in an emergency situation. Have a list of possible places you can stay with your pet ready so you can contact them when the need arises.
  • Arrange for a friend or relative to shelter your pet.
  • Never leave your pet behind—if a disaster situation won’t be safe for you, then it won’t be safe for your pet, either.

General checklist
Bird and reptile checklist
Preparation in advance of a disaster event
Before a disaster event
During a disaster event