Pets and the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and it can be a hectic and exciting time for every family member! With all the holiday bustle, don’t forget that some gifts and holiday treats may pose danger to our beloved pets. Help keep your four-legged family members safe and ensure everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season!

Just like us, they’re very curious about what’s wrapped up and tucked under the tree, cooking in the oven, or set out on the treat tray.

Here is a list of some common holiday hazards for pets to watch out for:


  • Christmas tree preservatives
  • Poinsettia
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Ivy

Food and beverages:

  • Uncooked poultry
  • Onions, along with garlic, leeks, shallots and chives
  • Sage
  • Bread dough
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Fruitcake
  • Grapes and dried vine fruits
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Artificial sweeteners

Other dangerous items:

  • Glass decorations
  • Salt-dough ornaments
  • Homemade play dough
  • Candles
  • Potpourri
  • Medications

Always make sure your pet has a safe and quiet space of their own to retreat to during the holiday festivities, including water and comfortable place to rest. This will allow them to get away if they’re feeling frightened or overwhelmed.

Keep your pets safe, and enjoy your holiday season!