holiday pet safety

Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

| December 23, 2021

According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the dangers pets face during the holidays range from ingesting toxic seasonal plants to falling Christmas trees. Here are some ways you can help keep your pet safe.  

Pet proof your tree

The tree is a holiday staple for many. To make sure there aren’t any tree-related accidents, securely anchor your tree to prevent it falling or tipping. 

Keep decorations out of reach

All the sparkly and flashy decorations hanging around the house could be appealing to some pets – especially puppies or kittens. They could choke on or even consume these objects. Tinsel can be especially harmful to your pet. Be sure your decorations are out of reach as your pet will likely be drawn to their shiny spectacle.   

Plants aren’t food

Classic holiday decorations like mistletoe and holly can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if eaten. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Consider artificial plants when decorating the home.  

Separate your treats from theirs

Chocolate, Xylitol (a sweetener that can be found in sugar-free candy, sugar-free baked goods, and sugar-free gum), and alcohol can be extremely harmful to your pet. Contact your veterinarian right away if you think they have consumed any of the above.  

When you and your guests are sitting down to enjoy food, sweets, or drinks, consider serving a specially prepared meal to your pet at the same time. A fine dish of their favourite pet food would be the perfect distraction from other, more harmful sweets.  

Be mindful of your pet’s comfort levels

While many pets will enjoy the extra company, some will not. Be sure to set up a sanctuary room for your pet before guests arrive, equipped with bedding, food, water, and even some pleasant background sounds or music. This is where your pet can relax and feel safe while you and the guests enjoy yourselves.