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Holiday Hazards for Pets

December 1, 2020

The holiday season is officially upon us! Many of our adorable patients love joining in on seasonal fun. Your pet will likely be paying close attention as you prepare for your celebrations. However, you’ll want to keep an eye on your furry pal. This can be a dangerous time of year for pets! In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet lists some things to be careful of over the next few weeks. 


Those gorgeous Christmas trees are a concern for a few different reasons. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl, as it could contain traces of things like pesticides and fertilizers. Sharp needles are also a concern. Pets can also knock fragile ornaments down and injure themselves on the shards. Garlands, lights, and tinsel also choke or entangle playful pets.


Many of those cute trinkets are dangerous to pets. Anything small or sharp is a hazard, as are items with strings or threads. Pieces that run on power or batteries, like that adorable singing snowman, can also be kept out of paws’ reach.


Did you know that poinsettias are toxic to pets? Holly, ivy, and mistletoe are also unsafe. Keep real plants in spots your pet can’t reach. 


Food is one of the biggest concerns. Many of those mouthwatering dishes we look forward to are toxic to pets! While every type of animal has their own dietary needs, there are some things that are unsafe for all of them. That list includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; avocados; and anything that contains xylitol and/or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for more information. 


Candles, fireplaces, and potpourri burners all give your home a cozy look. However, these things are definitely not pet safe! Keep anything with a flame or heating element away from your animal companion.


Guests should of course never pose a direct threat. They’re listed here because visitors could accidentally do something that endangers your animal friend, such as feeding them something unsafe or leaving medication within paws’ reach. Keep a close eye on things, and ask guests not to feed pets without permission.

Happy Holidays from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas. Call us anytime!