The festivities of the holidays are always a special time for family and friends, but for your pets, they also pose some unexpected health and safety concerns. If you’re concerned about keeping your pets safe and healthy during the holidays, consult with your veterinarian for strategies that are specific to your pet’s needs. This advice will also help you make sure your holiday celebrations aren’t marred by a pet health emergency.
Skip the Holly and Mistletoe
Holly and mistletoe may be traditional in holiday decorating, but they pose significant health risks to pets. Holly can cause gastrointestinal distress when ingested, and mistletoe can cause a cardiovascular emergency. If you don’t like leaving holly or mistletoe out of your seasonal décor, opt for artificial varieties. Keep in mind that some traditional holiday flowers, like lilies and poinsettias, can also be toxic. If you’re getting seasonal flowers, ask your florist for a pet-safe bouquet.
Avoid Décor Disasters
Candles are a beloved part of getting in the seasonal spirit for many people, but if you have pets, unattended candles are a dangerous accident waiting to happen. Never leave a lit candle unattended, or to make things even more secure, choose LED candles instead. Be sure wires are hidden from your pets, so they don’t chew on them and risk and electric shock. Glass ornaments and other breakable decorations should also be out of your pet’s reach. If you have a Christmas tree, be sure it is anchored securely.
Don’t Share Your Plate
As much as your pet may try to convince you otherwise, sharing your holiday meals with your furry friends can be dangerous. Traditional holiday foods are typically too rich for pets, and in some cases, can even be deadly for animals. Limit your pet to healthy pet food options, and make sure all visitors to your home know that people food is off limits.
If an accident with your pet does happen over the holidays, count on Horizon Animal Hospital for the quick care your pet needs. You can reach our Scottsdale veterinarians by calling (480) 614-9500.