Holiday Pet Safety Tips for End-of-Year Festivities

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes much work around the house putting up decorations, preparing for guests, and baking and cooking enough food to feed an army. During all the hustle and bustle, your pet can get a little bit lost in the shuffle and could put themselves in danger. Check out our holiday pet safety tips to learn how to keep them safe and give them a healthy start to the New Year.

Food Safety

One of the most prominent elements of the holidays is the food. While we can all treat ourselves and indulge in all the goodies, our pets are not so lucky. Their digestive systems are not equipped to handle much of our table food, and it can cause serious issues for them. Keep the following foods away from your pet:

  • Fatty meats such as ham and sausage
  • Meat fat, cooked bones, and turkey skin
  • Baked goods
  • Chocolate and candies
  • Rich, buttery foods
  • Nuts
  • Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, and scallions
  • Grapes and raisins

Decorating with Care

Decorations transform our homes for the holidays, but many of the items we put up can be a danger to pets. Make sure they avoid the following:

  • The Christmas tree can easily be knocked over, and the pine needles are irritating to the skin
  • Fragile ornaments can break and be ingested, or sharp parts can damage paws
  • Tinsel is a cat’s dream to play with, but it can easily break apart and be swallowed, causing a serious intestinal obstruction.
  • Electric lights should be secured so that they cannot be chewed.
  • Mistletoe and holly are both toxic to pets, so make sure to hang them well out of reach, or use fake alternatives.

New Year’s Noises

New Year’s Eve festivities will undoubtedly involve fireworks and lots of loud noises. Make sure your pet is indoors before they start so they don’t get spooked and hurt themselves trying to escape their enclosure. Once they’re indoors, keep them in an enclosed room with no windows, where the noise will likely be lessened. If your pet has severe anxiety, we can recommend some medications to help calm them.

Ask us for more advice on holiday pet safety tips by giving us a call, or asking at your next appointment!