Holiday Dangers for Pets

The holidays are typically a joyous time of the year, but there are some kinds of dangers for pets that must be considered. Keeping your pet save during the holidays isn't hard to do if you know what you need to look for. Hidden dangers to your pets can cause them to get sick, injured or in some cases, can be fatal.

7 Holiday Dangers for Pets to Avoid

  • Decorations can be a danger to pets. Plants such as mistletoe, and holly can be especially deadly to pets causing cardiovascular problems and lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.
  • Tinsel is tempting to cats and can cause bowel obstructions. It's best to avoid trimming the tree with these shiny bits of potential problems.
  • Cats especially love Christmas trees, and while you don't need to avoid trees, you should take steps to keep your cat safe including keeping tree water fresh.
  • Holiday foods can also be dangerous. Be sure to keep any sweets out of the reach of your pets. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener is deadly to dogs and is used in many sugar-free products. Chocolate, of course, should also be away from dogs.
  • Bones from turkeys should be placed in a trash can with a secure lid and while leftovers are yummy for you, they should not be given to your pet. People food is often too rich for pets and you may feed them something that can cause issues.
  • Everyone loves to gift their furry friend something special during the holidays, but be careful. Make sure you are giving them treats and toys that can't be choked on or broken into small pieces. Kong toys are great for dogs, and every kitty loves a little catnip.
  • As we start the new year, make sure your pet is inside if there are fireworks. Fireworks can cause severe anxiety in some pets and in attempting to run away from the sound, they can escape the safety of your yard.

Many holiday dangers for your pets can be avoided with some extra planning. For more tips check out the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What Happens if You Need a Vet

If you need a vet during the holidays, contact our office. If you're looking for a new veterinarian, we'd love to meet you and your pet to establish care. From the Cimarron Animal Hospital family to yours, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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