The weather outside might not be so frightful here in Florida, but it’s still undeniably the holiday season. And with that comes parties, family gathering, delicious foods, and holiday decorations. 

Unfortunately, there are some very common pet emergencies that coincide with the holiday season. In order to keep your pets safe, some awareness and preparation are in order. Let Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Clinic be your guide as we explore holiday safety tips for pets. 

The Feast

We can bet there is more than one feast in your future during holiday time. Big meals, treats everywhere, and gift wrapped deliciousness are all on the menu for this time of year. Constant vigilance should be the name of the game any time holiday meals are in full swing or gifts of food are being brought into our home. 

Holiday foods can be toxic to pets, and can cause GI upset, pancreatitis, and even a foreign body obstruction. To avoid a trip to the veterinary emergency hospital this, make sure your pet does not have access to:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Xylitol
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Raw bread dough
  • Onions, chives, and garlic

Your guests should also know the rules in your house regarding pet food safety. In addition to the above, your pets should not have access to or be fed:

  • Bones
  • Raw meat or poultry
  • Turkey wrappers or string
  • Garbage bins
  • Leftovers

Keep trash cans tightly lidded and behind closed doors, and make sure leftovers are put away immediately after the feast.

Sparkly Glow  

Holiday decorations are some of the most exciting things of the season. Here are our tips for safely decking the halls: 

  • If your pets are curious climbers, anchor the Christmas tree to the wall 
  • Make sure pets can’t drink tree water which can contain dangerous chemicals
  • Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias are toxic to pets and should be not accessible for munching on
  • Tinsel is one of the most dangerous holiday items out there; avoid tinsel, ribbon, and raffia, and you just might avoid a foreign body obstruction (especially for cats)
  • Avoid singed whiskers by using LED lights instead of live flame 
  • String lights should not be on the floor to avoid entanglement or electric shock

‘Tis The Season

Holiday season means gatherings, visitors, and parties. If your pet is the social type, these events may be something to wag a tail about. However, many pets are filled with stress and anxiety at the prospect of a change in routine and more noise than they are used to. 

Try to keep your pet’s feeding, exercise, and playtime schedule as close to normal as possible during the holiday season. Make sure they get regular exercise to burn off stress. And if you’ll be hosting guests and are short on time, consider doggy day care, a pet sitter, a dog walking service, or even a few hours in a quiet room. 

Holiday Pet Safety Tips for Pets

In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to overlook our furry companions. Make a point to spend a little quality time with your best fur pal, whether that’s taking in a holiday classic together on the couch, going for a hike, or taking them along for holiday lights viewing in your neighborhood. After all, enjoying our loved ones is what the holidays are all about! 

If you have any questions or concerns about holiday safety for pets, please give us a call. From our family to yours, happy holidays!