The holidays can be fun, family filled and exciting for all us humans but, can also pose threats to your beloved furry family members. Often times these days to come can cause fear, anxiety, and stress even if your pet has never experienced those things before. As long as you know the Do’s and Don’ts about the holidays and your pets, you and your furry pal are sure to have a great stress free time!

Christmas Day is just around the corner which means you’ll have plenty of decorative elements all throughout your home. These decorations can pose a potential threat to your furry baby. Things like: tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, holiday lights and aromatherapy oils can turn your Christmas upside down.

Now, the most important holiday tip is making sure your pet stays on their regular diets. The last thing you want on this joyful day is a trip to the pet ER. Although it might be tempting to slip them a little treat here and there, make sure they don’t get a hold of these toxic treats:

  • Chocolate: While the level of danger depends on the age and size of your pet and the amount ingested, it’s best to keep all chocolate away from your animals, but especially dark chocolate, which is 10 times more toxic than milk chocolate.
  • Sugarless gum and candy: Particularly threatening to dogs, Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that’s truly deadly to your pet… and it only takes a little!
  • Fatty foods and meat scraps: These can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and pancreatitis, not to mention eventual heart disease.
  • Onions, garlic, chives, and leeks: Poisonous to dogs and cats but cats and Japanese dogs are most sensitive.
  • Yeast bread dough: This can expand in your animal’s intestines to cause twisted stomach and bloat and can also ferment inside your pet to cause alcohol poisoning.
  • Nutmeg: Used in many holiday cookie and dessert recipes, this yummy smelling spice is toxic to dogs if consumed in quantity. It’s also used in candles and aromatherapy oils that can be toxic to cats, too.
  • Grapes, raisins, currants, and nuts: These are highly toxic to dogs and found in cookies, fruitcakes and other holiday sweets.
  • Fruitcake: A serious no-no for dogs (see the previous item).
  • Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are obvious threats but alcohol can be a hidden ingredient in many holiday desserts, too (Yup, there’s that nasty fruitcake again!).
  • Bones: These can splinter in your dog’s throat or digestive tract or get caught in the throat or mouth and cause choking and suffocation.

Following these simple tips can make your holiday season a great one! Click here to check out 11 awesome pet-friendly Christmas treats!

Lastly, be sure to give your pets the best holiday season by making sure they have all the prevention they need year-round. We offer various Heartworm and Flea/Tick prevention! Call our office at 877-704-3893 or visit one of our mobile clinics to get these amazing products!