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Holiday Hazards For Pets

December 1 2021

Season’s Greetings! Many of you will be busy preparing for seasonal events and festivities over the next few weeks. Your furry pal will no doubt be underfoot, supervising you closely as you get ready. A Carolina Forest, SC vet lists some hazards to be aware of in this article.


Food is one of the bigger dangers. As you may have noticed, Fido has a habit of snapping up anything within range. Fluffy is a bit pickier, but she will eat things if coaxed to. Some of the dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives, which are often used as seasonings in dishes that would otherwise be safe. Other unsafe foods include chocolate, alcohol, grapes and raisins, meat on the bone, raw dough, avocado, pitted fruits, and anything high in salt, sugar, or fat.


Decorations have a way of bringing out Fluffy and Fido’s inner kitten and puppy. Put anything that could be dangerous in a high spot, out of paws’ reach. Your pet may also be frightened of that singing snowman someone got you as a joke.


Trees can pose quite a few risks. The needles themselves are a choking hazard, and can cause serious gastrointestinal issues if ingested. The water is another issue. Since many trees are treated with fire retardant, pesticides, or fertilizer, the water could contain trace amounts of these chemicals. Then there are the decorations. Sharp or fragile ornaments, ornament hooks, ribbon, tinsel, and lights are all strangling risks. And, if you have a cat, there’s also a chance that Fluffy could hurt herself climbing the tree. Decorate the lower part sparingly, and with only safe ornaments. 


Candles can be a perfect finishing touch that makes your house look and feel nice and cozy. Just put them in a spot your furry friend can’t reach. Be careful with fireplaces and heaters as well.

Ice Melters

De-icing chemicals can cause painful skin problems, and can lead to even more serious issues if ingested. We recommend choosing pet-friendly de-icing products for your place. However, the route you walk your dog probably won’t have these. Watch for signs of ingestion, which include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, trembling, fever, and lethargy. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags.

Happy Holidays from Waccamaw Regional Veterinary Center, your Carolina Forest, SC animal clinic. Please contact us anytime!

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