A Guide to Protecting Your Pet from Holiday Hazards

Ah, the holiday season is upon us! The twinkling lights, the family gatherings, and the endless spread of delicious treats. It's a time for joy and merriment for all, including our four-legged companions. However, amidst the cheerful chaos, it's important to remember that some of our festive traditions can pose potential hazards to our furry friends. So, let's take a closer look at some common Christmas hazards for cats and dogs, and how we can keep them safe during this joyful time.


Tangled in Tinsel

Tinsel may add a touch of sparkle to our Christmas trees, but it can spell trouble for our pets. Those shiny, dangly strands can be extremely tempting for cats, who see them as irresistible playthings. However, if ingested, tinsel can cause serious damage to their digestive system, leading to blockages or even surgical emergencies. Ensure your furry friend's safety by opting for pet-friendly decorations or keeping tinsel safely out of their reach.


Wrapping Supplies

Ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, and tape may seem harmless, but if consumed, they can be dangerous. Certain types of wrapping paper may contain small amounts of chlorine bleach and toxic dyes. To ensure your pet's safety, avoid leaving them unsupervised in the same room as presents under the tree. Remember to promptly dispose of wrapping materials.


The Perils of Plants

While poinsettias may be a staple of holiday decor, it's important to remember that they can be toxic to both cats and dogs if ingested. The same goes for holly, mistletoe, and even some varieties of lilies. Make sure to keep these plants well out of your pet's reach, or consider using artificial alternatives to ensure their safety.


Festive Foods

'Tis the season for indulging in tasty treats, but be cautious when it comes to sharing your holiday goodies with your pets. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be toxic to cats and dogs due to the presence of theobromine and/or xylitol (artificial sweetener). Other festive sweets, such as candies and cookies, can also cause digestive issues for our furry friends. Keep the goodies for yourself and spoil your pets with pet-friendly treats instead.


Electrical Dangers

The glow of Christmas lights can transform any home into a winter wonderland. However, exposed wires and dangling cords pose a risk to curious pets who may mistake them for chew toys. Make sure to secure all electrical cords properly, keeping them away from prying paws and wagging tails. Additionally, unattended candles can be a fire hazard, so remember to never leave them burning when you're not around to supervise.


Noisy New Year's Eve
As the year comes to an end, we celebrate with fireworks, loud parties, and the occasional firecracker. While some pets may be indifferent to the commotion, others may become stressed or fearful. Create a safe haven for your fur babies by providing them with a quiet, comfortable space away from the noise and excitement. For those pets who experience a significant amount of fear during fireworks or summer storms, consult with our team as your veterinarian can prescribe anti-anxiety medications to assist during these situations.


While the holiday season is undoubtedly a cheerful time, it's crucial to be mindful of the potential hazards it can pose on our beloved pets. By taking a few precautions and being aware of the risks, we can ensure that our pets stay safe and happy during this festive season. In the unfortunate event that your pet ingests something harmful or is injured in an accident, it's important to act quickly. Remember to stay calm and contact your Veterinary Clinic.