Toxic Foods and the Holidays: Avoid a Pet Poisoning This Year

pet poisoningThe last thing pet owners want during the holidays is an emergency, and yet the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s are chock full of potential hazards. This can make even the most relaxed pet owner fall into a cycle of fear and anxiety about a potential pet calamity.  However, when you know how to best prevent a pet poisoning, everyone can enjoy the festivities together.

Aside From These

While our focus is on pet poisoning, there are dozens of other ways your pet could get hurt this holiday season:

  • Be sure your holiday tree is stable (and even anchored to the wall or ceiling).
  • Secure ornaments and simmering potpourri.
  • Do not use tinsel.
  • Keep candles out of reach.
  • Ensure your pet has a place to relax, away from all of the holiday commotion.

Lastly, update your pet’s microchip information with your latest contact information and keep them away from any doors that may be constantly opening and closing as guests come and go.

And Now, This

People love to cook, bake, and share all sorts of savory goodies and sweet treats during the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s rare that whatever is on the table or buffet won’t result in a pet poisoning if offered, dropped, or surreptitiously nabbed by a hungry pet. Always be sure that your pet doesn’t have access to the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (a sweetener)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raisins, grapes, or currants
  • Onions or garlic

Fatty foods are also highly dangerous. Although meaty bones or savory puddings may seem like an attractive treat, the consequences of pancreatitis can be the painful, unfortunate result of this indulgence. Bones can also splinter or break, causing choking, gastrointestinal obstruction, or worse.

Refrain from treating your pet with people foods. Instead, prepare a special plate just for them with some of their favorite foods such as sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, and apples (without the core or seeds). Seal all leftovers and take the trash out to a secured bin.

Say No to Pet Poisoning

We mentioned the Christmas tree as a danger, but also be sure to keep your pet from drinking water from the stand, as it may contain harsh chemicals, fertilizer, or fire retardant.

Mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies, and holly are also considered toxic to pets. Decorate with artificial plants or be sure keep these plants away from your pet. Similarly, imported snow globes may be filled with ethylene glycol, or antifreeze, and should be strictly off-limits.

Expecting guests? Inform them of the risk of pet poisoning related to some types of medications. Simply request they keep any bedroom or bathroom doors closed and all meds away from your pet.

Happy, Safe Holidays

It’s always a good idea to have our number saved in your phone. We’re always here to help you through a pet poisoning or other pet safety concern. After learning from our tips, we hope your pet won’t get into any holiday trouble this year.

From our veterinarians and staff, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!