The holiday season is a joyous time of year, but unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous one for our beloved pets. From decorations to food, there are potential hazards all around us that we need to be aware of in order to keep our pets safe and healthy. By taking the necessary steps, however, you can ensure that your pet has a safe and happy holiday season. At PetNest Animal Hospital, we’d like to share some guidelines for protecting your pet. Here are a few hazards that are common during the holiday season.  

Holiday Decorations 

When it comes to decorations, the most important thing to remember is to keep them out of reach from your pet. Even if an ornament looks like an inviting toy, it could contain small parts that may cause choking or even intestinal blockage if eaten. Additionally, make sure all strings and cords from lights and other holiday decorations are kept away from your pet as these items pose a risk of strangulation or electrical shock. 

Food Hazards 

Tempting treats are abundant during the holidays—but not all food is safe for pets to consume. Chocolate is particularly dangerous; even small amounts can be fatal. In addition, many types of nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.) can cause serious digestive issues if consumed by your pet. To avoid any potential problems with food consumption this holiday season, stick to feeding your pet their regular diet, and make sure they can’t get into any scraps. 

Plants & Flowers 

Plants and flowers are also potential hazards. Poinsettias are well-known for being poisonous if consumed, however, there are many other common plants that should be avoided as well, such as holly berries and mistletoe leaves. It’s best to keep them out of reach or opt for non-toxic alternatives such as artificial flowers instead.

Closing Thoughts 

By following these simple tips, you can minimize the risks of the holidays and enjoy a stress-free season with your furry family members. Be sure to keep an eye out for any potentially hazardous items around your home this holiday season so that you can rest assured that your four-legged friends will remain safe and sound throughout the festivities. If your pet needs veterinary care, we’re here for you. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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