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Pet Safety

The holiday season is here. Parties, food, and decorations can be a hazard for your pets.

Tips for a safe holiday season:

Make sure your tree is secure.

Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, that may cause your pet nausea and diarrhea.

Kittens love tinsel but ingesting this material can result in severe vomiting and an obstructed digestive tract that may result in the need for surgery. Ornaments can break causing a punctured paw. Electrical shock may result from chewing of wires from lights.

Limit holiday foods: spicy and fatty foods and bones can give your pet digestives issues.

Pets should avoid the following foods:

Mince pies

Christmas cake


Bones (especially ham bones and chicken bones)

Macadamia nuts


Onions, Garlic, Chives (think: stuffing)

Yeast Dough

Corn on the cob

Xylitol (a sweetener found in some desserts and drinks)


Turkey or chicken skin

Anything strongly spiced or herby

Pigs in blankets


Holidays plants and flowers also pose a threat to your pet:

Common holiday plants and flowers that are poisonous for your pet include: poinsettia, mistletoe, amaryllis, daffodils, cyclamen and Jerusalem cherry. This may not be a complete list.

If you want to treat your pet this holiday season, use pet treats that were formulated for your type of pet. More information is available below to ensure that your entire family has a safe and healthy holiday season.

ASPCA. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/holiday-safety-tips

One Green Planet. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/a-guide-to-keeping-your-pets-safe-this-holiday-season/