Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

With the holiday season already upon us, many pet parents choose to include their furry friends into the holiday spirit! It’s easy to overfeed our pets with holiday treats or get them the cutest outfits. What is even more important is to make sure that your pets are still sticking to their normal routine with eating and exercising habits. Besides this, here are additional items that your furry friends should stay away from.

Seasonal Plants and Decor

  • Christmas Tree should be anchored down so it does not fall to prevent tree water from spilling. The water from the tree may contain fertilizer, which can cause your pet to have an upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.
  • Mistletoe & Holly are plants that, when ingested, can cause nausea and vomiting, including diarrhea. As many real plants can compromise the safety of your pet, opt for artificial plants instead.
  • Candles and Other Lighting can cause a fire when left unattended. Be sure to use the proper holders or hanging items to keep away from your pets!
  • Wires and Plastic Ornaments must be kept out of reach. Wires that your pets can chew through can electrify them and broken plastic ornaments can harm your pet’s digestive system.

Food Dangers

  • Sweet Treats should be kept to a minimum, or you can just skip them altogether. Holiday pet treats can be sweet due to an ingredient called xylitol which can upset their stomachs.
  • Leftovers, especially human foods, can be fed to your furry friends but should be avoided. Why? With many ingredients added to festive recipes, you can’t guarantee that your pet will be safe from consuming them.
  • Alcoholic Beverages can compromise your pet’s safety if left attended and they become curious. It can make them become ill and suffer respiratory failure.

The holiday season doesn’t have to be dangerous for your pet! Wondering what holiday treats are best for your pet and keeping their safety in check? Talk to your veterinarian at Animal Medical Center of Appleton for more information! Contact us at