Holiday Pet Dangers You Need To Look Out For

The holidays are upon us! For many of us that means quality time with the family, happy memories, lots of food and a touch of chaos. However, we have to be on the lookout for certain dangers that show up around the holidays. This can be found on your table, around your home and outdoors. Here are a few items to look out for.

Dangers from the Table | Toxic Holiday Plants | Dangerous Decor | Outside Dangers

Dangers From The Table
(Human Food & Drinks Your Pets Should Avoid )

-Coconut/Coconut oil
-Grapes & Raisins
-Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
-Fat Trimmings
-Raw/undercooked meats, eggs, and bones (and fish for dogs)
-Salt/Salty food
-Xylitol (found in gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste)
-Yeast Dough

Want to learn more about human foods that can be dangerous to your pets? Check out the ASPCA’s People Food to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

But the dangers around your house don’t just stop at your table…

Toxic Holiday Plants

-Christmas Cactus
-Christmas Tree (besides the dangers of lights and ornaments, it also produces an oil that can give your pets an upset stomach)

PetMD Recommends: If you decide to keep these plants in your home, try to place them in an area that can not easily be reached by your pet. However, if your pet is a plant chewer it would probably best to stick with an imitation plant. If your pet does ingest these holiday plants, call your vet or poison control right away to find out how to minimize the damage.
Read more from PetMD here

To get a full list of toxic plants visit: The ASPCA’s Toxic & Non-Toxic Plant List

Dangerous Decor

  • Your Christmas Tree – be sure it is anchored as to not tip over or spill the contaminated water that’s bad for your pet’s tummy.
  • Tinsel – cats especially love to play with it but they may end up eating it & upsetting their little tummies.
  • Unattended candles – be sure to put out candles whenever you leave the room so a pet doesn’t knock it down or burn him/herself.
  • Wires & batteries – keep out of reach of your pet to prevent shock & burns as well as pulling down your tree or decor.
  • Ornaments – Both glass and plastic can pose a danger, keep out of reach of your pets so that the needles or any shards don’t end up in their mouths or further.

For more holiday safety tips, check out the

Outside Dangers

  • Freezing Temperatures – pets are susceptible to hypothermia and frotsbite, be sure to keep your pets warm.
  • Salt & de-icers – commonly used to treat the roads and streets during winter can irritate your pet’s paws and is toxic if ingested. Make sure to clean their feet with warm water when returning home. You can prep your pet’s paws or buy them boots, click here to read more about proofing your dogs paws from Cesar’s Way.
  • Anti-Freeze – this bright colored liquid sometimes leaks from cars and has a sweet taste to pets but can be fatal. If your pet begins to vomit and/or walk wobbily seek medical attention right away.
  • Rodenticides – this is used more often during winter as pests try to get into people’s homes to stay warm. Be on the lookout.
  • Ice Ponds & Sharp Objects Under Snow – Dangers, like broken glass, metal or other sharp pieces of garbage, can hide under the blanket of white snow. Solid ice can still crack and become dangerous over the freezing cold water.

Learn more about outdoor winter dangers:’s 10 Seasonal Dangers to Outdoor Pets
Petmd’s 5 Deadliest Outdoor Dangers For Pets This Winter

What to do if you fear your pet has ingested a poisonous substance or has fallen ill?

  • Contact your local veterinarian or poison control immediately to find out what you can do to minimize the damage
  • or Call ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.

Looking for alternatives to salt/de-icers to keep neighborhood pets safe? Check out these altenatives

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