We wish you and your pets a safe and happy holiday season!

While you gear up for this year’s festivities, avoid a not-so-merry trip to the vet’s office by keeping these holiday pet hazards in mind. With all the extra activity and decorations, it’s easy for pets to get into mischief or even harm themselves.



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  • Be sure to keep any holiday plants out of reach of your pets. Many popular holiday plants, such as mistletoe and holly, are toxic to animals and can cause stomach upset or even more serious problems if ingested. It’s best to keep these plants out of your home altogether, or at least make sure they are well out of reach of curious pets.
  • Another potential hazard is holiday decorations. Tinsel and ribbon can be very tempting for cats, but if ingested, they can cause intestinal blockages that can be life-threatening.
  • It’s also important to be careful with holiday treats and snacks. Many of the sweet treats and snacks that we enjoy during the holidays can be dangerous for pets. Chocolate, for example, contains a chemical called theobromine, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Keep all treats and snacks out of reach and consider giving your pets special treats made just for them.
  • Additionally, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be stressful for pets. Be sure to provide them with a quiet, safe space to retreat to if they need a break from all the excitement. This can be especially important for older pets or those with anxiety disorders.


Overall, taking a few simple precautions can help ensure that your pets stay happy and healthy throughout the holiday season.

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