Seasonal Hazards for Pets

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us once more. It’s always great to spend some quality time with friends and family members. Pets are part of the family, too! Of course, this can be a dangerous time of year for Fluffy and Fido, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your furry buddy safe. In this article, a Pleasanton, CA vet lists some seasonal hazards for pets.


Never give your pet anything that contains chocolate; caffeine; garlic, onions, or scallions; nuts; pitted fruit; grapes, currants, or raisins; or xylitol. Raw foods are also a no-no, as are dairy products and meat on the bone. If you want to offer your pet something special, give them some plain, cooked meat, chicken, or fish, without the bones, skin, or fat. Ask your vet for more information.


Fido has been known to go through the trash in search of leftovers. Foil your mischievous pet’s plans by using a trashcan that closes securely. After a big holiday meal, your garbage could contain many items that are dangerous for pets, such as bones, tin foil, toothpicks, plastic wrap, and fat trimmings.


Keep your pet’s safety in mind when choosing decorations. Tinsel and pine needles can both choke playful pets, and can cause serious internal injuries if swallowed. Ornament hooks, ribbons, lights, and garlands are also hazardous to our furry pals. Vacuum regularly to get tinsel and needles up off the floor, and hang any potentially-dangerous items out of paw’s reach.


Many seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, ivy, holly, and mistletoe, are toxic to pets. Keep plants in high spots your furry friend can’t get to, or get fake ones instead. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl, as it could contain toxic chemical residue.


Candles and fireplaces can really make your home look cozy and inviting, but they aren’t safe for our animal companions. Use grates and gates to keep pets away from heaters and fireplaces, and keep candles in high, secure spots your pet can’t access.


Even guests with the best intentions can inadvertently leave a door open, or accidentally step on Fido’s tail. Keep a close eye on your pet when you have visitors!

Please contact us, your Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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