The holidays are approaching fast! As seasonal activities and festivities ramp up, many of our furry buddies will be paying very close attention as their favorite humans cook, decorate, and wrap gifts. While this special time of year offers a wonderful chance to spend time with our loved ones, it can be dangerous for our animal companions. Here, a vet lists some ways to keep your pet safe during the holiday rush.

Avoid Dangerous Foods

Fido and Fluffy will be paying very close attention to those delicious holiday foods. It’s absolutely fine to include your pet in the festivities by giving them special snacks, but be very careful with what you feed your pet. Many popular foods are toxic to our four-legged friends! Some of the things you’ll want to avoid giving your little (or not so little) buddy are garlic, onions, and chives; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; nuts; alcohol; pitted fruits, especially avocados; raw dough, meat, or yeast; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.


Many seasonal items can be very dangerous for our furry friends. Tinsel, ribbons, glass ornaments, ornament hooks, and hanging decorations can all choke or injure playful pets. Candles, heaters, and fireplaces are also hazardous for dogs and cats. Additionally, several seasonal plants, such as poinsettias and mistletoe, are toxic to our four-legged companions. Do some pet proofing, and remove or secure hazardous items.

Provide A Safe Haven

Are you hosting a big gathering this year? Crowds and commotion can be quite scary for our furry pals, so you may want to consider setting your pet up in a quiet back room with their food, toys, and treats. It can be very easy for a dog or cat to slip out the door as guests are coming or going! You also don’t want to risk your pet getting accidentally stepped on.

Weather Protection

It can get chilly this time of year, even in warmer climates. Make sure your dog or cat has a nice, comfy bed to snuggle up in. If you have a dog with thin fur, consider getting Fido a cute holiday outfit to keep him comfortable on cold days.

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