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Holiday Hazards For Dogs

December 15, 2019

Happy Holidays! Seasonal events and festivities are now in full swing. This can be a dangerous time of year for our canine friends. Fido’s affinity for food and mischief can get him into trouble! Read on as a local Century West, OR vet lists some holiday hazards for dogs.


Many popular holiday plants are toxic to our furry pals. Keep poinsettias, holly, ivy, yew, lilies, and mistletoe away from Fido!


Anything small or sharp is a potential hazard. Ornaments, ornament hooks, and many small knickknacks, such as manger pieces, can endanger your four-legged buddy. Candles and potpourri burners are also dangerous. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!


Those delicious meals will be front and center at many holiday festivities. It’s fine to give Fido a special treat, but be very careful. Many popular foods are toxic to dogs! Never give your pooch anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. These are concerning, as they are often used to season things that would otherwise be safe. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe, as are chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, nuts, pitted fruits, raw meat or yeast, and meat on the bone.


Guests of course should never pose a direct threat to your canine pal. The main concern here is really of unintentional/accidental harm. For example, a young child may feed your pet something that isn’t safe for him. Or, your visitors could leave out medication that is toxic to Fido. Set some basic ground rules, and keep a close eye on your dog.


Those beautiful holiday trees do pose a few risks to our canine companions. If you get a real tree, don’t let Fido drink the water: it could be contaminated by fertilizers and other chemicals. Ornaments, tinsel, lights, and ribbons are all choking hazards, and can cause serious intestinal issues if swallowed. Pine needles are also unsafe.


Man’s Best Friend is very emotional, and can get distressed by major changes. Travel, guests, being boarded, schedule changes, and/or being left alone more than usual can be very hard on Fido. Pay extra attention to your furry buddy, especially if any of these things will affect him. Play sessions, belly rubs, and treats will keep that cute tail going!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Westside Pet Hospital, your Century West, OR vet clinic. Please contact us anytime!

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