Holiday Hazards for Dogs

Are you finished your holiday preparations yet? This special time of year can get quite busy! Keep your dog in mind as you are cooking and decorating. The holidays can be a dangerous time for our canine pals. Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet lists some holiday dangers for dogs.


Food is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to pet safety. Many popular foods are toxic to our furry friends! Some of the things to keep away from your pup include grapes, currants, and raisins; garlic; onions; scallions; chives; avocados and other pitted fruits; chocolate; caffeine; nuts; alcohol; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and meat on the bone. If you want to include your pet in your holiday feast, offer him some plain, cooked meat without the bones, fat, or skin. Fido also won’t mind a plain meatball or cocktail wiener, though you don’t want to go overboard with these fatty treats.


As you may have noticed, dogs are very curious and playful, and have a reputation for chewing—and even eating—things that aren’t food. Small or sharp items, like ornament hooks, manger pieces, and ornaments are quite dangerous to Fido! Ribbons, tinsel, garlands, and lights can also choke or entangle your pet. The tree water is also a concern, as it can contain residue from dangerous chemicals, such as fertilizer. Cover the tree water, and keep potentially-dangerous items out of paws’ reach.


Our canine companions are definitely not above going through the trash in the hopes of scoring a yummy snack. After a big feast, your garbage could contain skewers, toothpicks, tin foil, can lids, bones, fat trimmings, and other hazardous items. Use a trashcan with a secure lid.


Poinsettias, mistletoe, and ivy are all beautiful plants, but they are unfortunately toxic to our four-legged friends. Keep these pretty decorations in a place Fido can’t reach. Or, better yet, use fake ones.


While seasonal candles can definitely make your home look cozy and inviting, they are definitely not pet-safe. It’s far too easy for Fido to knock a candle over with his tail! Also, if you use a fireplace, put a protective grate on the front, so your canine buddy doesn’t get singed.

Happy Holidays! Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Wake Forest, NC pet clinic, today!

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