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Holiday Hazards For Dogs

December 1, 2023

The holiday season has officially kicked off. It’s probably pretty safe to say that quite a few of our furry patients will be finding themselves with extra treats and gifts over the next few months. However, Fido doesn’t only have the opportunity for extra goodies: there’s also an additional risk of him getting into mischief. It’s important to be aware of some seasonal hazards that pop up at this time of year. A local Ada, MI vet offers some advice on this below.


Don’t forget about your furry best buddy as you’re decking the halls. Many popular seasonal plants are toxic to Man’s Best Friend. That list includes poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, and ivy, as well as anything with sharp needles or thorns.


Keep your canine pal in mind when you’re decorating. Anything small or sharp is a potential hazard. That includes things like tinsel, fragile ornaments, garlands, ornament hooks, lights, and even pine needles. 

If you get a real tree, the water is also a concern: it could contain leached chemicals and pesticides. Fido may be quite curious about what’s under the tree. Some pups may even try to open up the presents themselves! Ribbons, plastic wrap, staples, and bows are all choking hazards for playful pups. Needless to say, the contents of those boxes are also unsafe. You may want to put a puppy gate around the tree.


Fido will definitely be angling for some of those yummy meals. Just be careful not to offer your pup anything that isn’t safe. Some of those dangerous foods include meat on the bone; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; avocado; and anything that contains xylitol, which is sometimes labeled as birch sugar. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also extremely unsafe. Garlic and onions are also on the no-no list.


That open fire may make for a wonderfully cozy scene, but it’s definitely not safe for your canine companion! Put grates before fireplaces, and keep candles in high spots, well out of paws’ reach.


Visitors should never pose a direct risk. However, there’s always a risk of mishaps, such as a young child innocently sharing an unsafe toy or treat with your pup. Schedule disruptions, strange decorations, and commotion can also stress or frighten your pooch. Pay some extra attention to Fido, especially if he seems uneasy.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Ada, MI animal clinic, we’re here to help!