Holiday Pet Safety

Happy Holidays! Although this time of year is very special, it can be quite dangerous for our furry friends! Read on as a local Livonia, MI vet offers some helpful tips for keeping your animal companion safe and healthy throughout the holidays.


Food is definitely one of the biggest concerns for pet owners. (This is a particular concern with dogs: as we all know, Fido will happily snap up anything and everything he can. That said, cats are also at risk.) Never give your pet anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; caffeine; chocolate; nuts; alcohol; grapes, currants, or raisins; or xylitol. Meat on the bone, raw foods, dairy products, and pitted fruits are also dangerous. Ask your vet for more information.


Many of those pretty seasonal decorations are hazardous to our furry pals. Tinsel, lights, garlands, and ribbons can all choke or entangle mischievous pets. Small and/or sharp objects, such as ornament hooks, are also dangerous. Tree needles are another concern: both real and fake needles can cause severe intestinal blockages if ingested. Do some basic petproofing, and vacuum fallen tinsel and needles up daily.


Many popular seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, ivy, and mistletoe, are toxic to pets. Keep plants in spots your pet can’t reach. Or, better yet, get fake ones.


After a big holiday feast, the garbage can contain many things that are dangerous to pets, such as toothpicks, bones, can lids, plastic wrappers, and tin foil. Use a trashcan with a secure lid, just in case your furry pal gets any bright ideas about trying to get leftovers out of the trash.


Candles may give your home a nice, cozy glow, but they don’t mix well with pets. Keep candles in high, secure spots, well out of paws’ reach.


Some pets get quite stressed by visitors, while others just get, well, underfoot. Both situations present risks. If your furry buddy is easily frightened, put him in a quiet room with toys, food, bedding, and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox. For friendlier pets, just keep a close eye on your four-legged pal. You don’t want Fido slipping out an open door, or Fluffy lashing out at a toddler who thinks her tail is a toy.

Please contact us, your local Livonia, MI pet hospital, for of all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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