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Holiday Hazards for Pets

The holiday season is officially upon us! As you start making your preparations, your furry best friend will be right there at your side, supervising you closely and looking cute. Fido and Fluffy often like to lend a helping paw . . . especially when it comes to testing recipes. However, this time of year can be quite dangerous for pets, so you’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your dog or cat happy, healthy, and safe during the holidays. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet lists some common holiday hazards for pets.

Food

It’s fine to offer your furry buddy a special snack, but be sure to choose safe foods. Never offer your pet garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; raw foods; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; nuts; or anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Trees

Trees can be dangerous in a number of ways. Tinsel, ornament hooks, ribbons, and lights can all seriously hurt playful pets! If your furry friend should knock down and break a fragile ornament, the sharp shards could also cause injuries. Tree water is another issue: it could contain chemicals and residues that are toxic to our four-legged pals. Opt for pet-safe decorations, and make sure that there are no hooks, ribbons, or pieces of tinsel on the floor. You may also want to use a baby gate to keep your pet away from the tree.

Decorations

Many popular seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, are toxic to our furry pals. Decorations can also choke or entangle your four-legged friend. Keep plants and other decorations out of paws’ reach!

Candles

Candles really add a special glow to your home, but they don’t mix well with pets. You definitely don’t want Fido knocking a candle over, or Fluffy sticking her tail into a flame! Make sure your pet can’t reach candles, potpourri burners, heaters, or fireplaces.

Guests

When having visitors, it’s important to be aware of potential issues that could arise with pets. For instance, a young child may inadvertently feed Fido something that is dangerous for him. Or, someone could leave a door open. Keep a close eye on your four-legged pal when you have company.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, today!

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