Beware of These Holiday Hazards for Your Pets

It’s the holiday season, and everyone, including our pets, can enjoy celebrating the season with loved ones. However, while you’re busy being holly and jolly, be sure to keep an eye on your pets around the following holiday items.

6 Holiday Dangers for Pets

1. Treats and Libations

Chocolate, xylitol (artificial sweetener), raisins, grapes, several kinds of nuts, and alcohol in addition to all of the plants from the onion family (garlic, shallots, leeks, chives, etc.) are all poisonous for pets. Don’t leave your holiday treats and drinks unattended when your pets are around. If they do consume a poisonous substance, seek emergency veterinary care and contact ASPCA Animal Poison Control right away.

2. Tinsel and Ribbons

Pets – especially cats – love playing with Christmas tree tinsel and ribbons. Unfortunately, these items sometimes contain toxins. They also present a choking risk and can cause intestinal blockages if ingested.

3. Festive Plants

Many of the plants and greenery we celebrate the holiday season with are dangerously toxic for dogs and cats. This includes mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, lilies, and poinsettias. If you want to bring home a holiday plant that’s safe for everyone in your home, choose a non-toxic Christmas cactus.

4. Batteries and Wires

Batteries are toxic if ingested and wires can shock a curious or playful pet that decides to chew through them. Keep all of yours up and out of the reach of your pet.

5. Candles

Candles are hazardous especially in a home with pets. Pets not only risk getting seriously burned, but they can also knock over lit candles and start a house fire.

6. Hustle and Bustle

If you’ll be hosting holiday parties this year, create a safe, quiet space where your pets can stay throughout the party. This will keep them safe from potentially toxic foods and drinks in addition to preventing them from becoming anxious around strangers and noise.
Additionally, be sure to keep your pet away from the front door when greeting your guests, as this is the perfect opportunity for a scared cat or dog to make a dash for it, escape, and get lost.

Start the New Year With a Veterinary Checkup in Fort Worth

Help your pets put their best paw forward in the new year with a veterinary checkup at South Meadow Animal Clinic in Fort Worth. We’ll ensure your pet’s vaccines and parasite preventatives are up-to-date, and that they’re ready to start out a new year of good health.