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Common dangers for pets during the holidays

The holidays can be a great time for people to catch up with friend and family in a very festive setting; however, while your pet may like the extra attention of having more people around the house, there are some serious dangers for them that all owners should be wary of.

Rich, fatty foods

Much like you pile on the mashed potatoes, consistently feeding your pets these kinds of food can pile on the onset of pancreatitis, which is a gland inflammation. This will cause your pet plenty of pain and probably leave you with a hefty veterinarian bill.

Human food is much too rich and much too high in fat to feed to your pets. Stick to their specialized pet diets.

A good idea is to feed your pet plenty of their regular food before a family gathering to reduce their appetite and propensity to beg or steal human food.  You could also put them in a separate room in the house, sectioned off with a pet gate.


While it seems that dogs and some cats love to chew on and eat animal bones, remember that these can splinter, choking your pet, tearing they’re digestive tract, causing an obstruction or any other number of painful health problems. Never give your cat bones to chew on, and be very careful about which ones you give to your dog. Do your research for particular types of bones and preparation of them, and the size of your dog for what size and types of bones are acceptable. It's better not to give them any, and be safe; they can survive fine without them.

Along with the suggestion above, try providing your pet with a chew toy so that they're occupied.  When clearing the table, make sure all scraps and bones are thrown away and the pets are unable to reach the trash can or bag. If they can get to the bag and they smell yummy stuff inside it, they will probably tear it open to get at it. Not good for your pet and no fun for you to clean up.


Common in many holiday stuffings, onions can cause canine anemia in your dog (the decrease in red blood cells).

Grapes, raisins, caffeine and alcohol

These things contain toxins that can kill your pet. Since these sort of things are very common in a holiday setting and relatively easy to spill – you should really keep an eye out for what falls on the floor.


Very dangerous for pets since the caffeine wreaks havoc on their system. Your pets may suffer seizures if fed any amount of chocolate. This can become a serious problem during Halloween when there are bowls of candy readily available for a bold pet to make off with.  Make sure you tell your children not to feed their pets their Halloween candy and not to leave their candy where the pets might possibly reach them.

Electrical Light Cords

These things can seem like a welcoming chew toy for puppies, so either keep them at a safe height or make sure the puppy can’t get to these cords when he or she is unsupervised. To be really safe about it and not have to worry too much, there are cord protectors you can buy that slip over the cord and give a thick, added layer of protection to keep your pet safe if they do chew on it. these do not last indefinitely if your pet is chewing on them, but leaving them alone for 10 minutes with these in place won’t be a huge problem anymore.


Ornaments and other sharp holiday decorations items are a serious hazard for a pet that likes to chew or play around with them. Even for a pet that doesn’t chew on them, a cat batting it off the tree and breaking it creates broken glass that is dangerous for everyone in the house. Either keep them out of reach or find more pet friendly ornaments.

Keep in mind that many cats do like to climb trees, and yours will probably climb your Christmas tree, especially if they are young. If they are not chewing on the lights or ornaments, or knocking anything off the tree (or knocking the tree down), you may find this behavior rather cute. If it doesn’t bother you, and they are safe, don’t worry about it. It’s completely natural for a cat.

Candle Flames

Candles seem like a big thing during the holidays, but if you have an active pet you might want to nix the idea of lighting the. Candles not only could your pet burn themselves by playing with the candle or set their fur on fire, but if they knocked it over it could pose as a serious fire hazard for your house, as well as spilled wax everywhere. If you like the look of candles, either leave them unlit, or invest in the electric versions.


Keep all your garbage cans sealed because a curious or hungry pet may get a mouthful of germs or E. coli from it. Not to mention how much fun it is to clean up a pile of trash that has been strewn all over the floor by your pet!


No matter how careful your party guests are, if your pet is underfoot, they are likely to get stepped on at some point. Aside from this being painful for your pet, this can be traumatic for the guest that had the misfortune to step on them. Cat’s tails are usually the biggest problem, but paws on both cats and dogs are also prime targets. If your cat wants to wander around the party, it may be best to put them in a different room for their safety.


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View Annette1113' profile

Annette1113 Go to this site, it will give you plants as well as foods. Some of which I never would have thought of like the onions as well as garlic.

Posted 3074 days ago...

View Annette1113' profile

Annette1113 Hi Z, thanks for the tips. I feed Tootsie rabbit and sweet potatoes. She does well on them but I watch out for all the other foods since she is allergic. Thanks so much, I never knew about onions. Great for humans, lousy for animals. Thanks again!!!

Posted 3074 days ago...

View zjeffers' profile

zjeffers Wow, I didn't know about the Avocado! ...Will have to keep that in mind. Is it any Avocado or just raw?

Posted 3080 days ago...

View independentminded' profile

independentminded Avocado is also quite poisonous for a pet, especially birds, because it just shuts their whole system(s) down! Keep avodado and chocolate away from your pet at all costs!!

Posted 3080 days ago...