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Holiday Hazards For Dogs

December 1, 2023

The holiday season has ramped up, and is going full swing. It’s probably safe to say that quite a few of our canine companions will be getting some extra toys and treats this month. You will want to keep an eye on Fido. This time of year can be quite dangerous for Man’s Best Friend! A local Clarkesville, GA vet lists some common hazards for pet owners to be aware of in this article.


Many seasonal plants are poisonous to pets. Some of those dangerous ones include holly, ivy, mistletoe, poinsettias, and Peace lilies. Even plants that are usually safe can be dangerous if they are decorated with small things like bows or other small pieces.

The Tree

That beautiful tree can be a danger to frisky pups. Be extra careful if your canine pal is a heavy chewer and/or has a habit of eating, well, everything. Anything ropy or stringy, such as lights, garlands, popcorn strings, tinsel, and ribbon, is a safety hazard. These things can cause extremely dangerous internal injuries if consumed. Small or sharp objects should also be kept out of paws’ reach. That includes things like ornaments, ornament hooks, bows, small figurines, and, of course, certain presents. Fido may even try to drink the tree’s water, which could be contaminated by chemicals or pesticides.


Those delicious holiday feasts will be taking center stage during many seasonal festivities. Fido will definitely take note of those mouth-watering smells, and will put on his cutest begging face. There’s nothing wrong with making your canine buddy a plate, but be careful to stick with things you know are safe. (Tip: plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry without the skin, bones, or fat is a good bet.) Some of the dangerous foods include garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; alcohol; meat on the bone; avocado; caffiene; pitted fruits; raw dough or yeast; chocolate; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

General Mishaps

As if that weren’t enough, there’s always the chance of your furry friend getting out, or perhaps getting into something he shouldn’t. For instance, if you’re having young children over, you’ll need to monitor them and make sure they don’t inadvertently ‘share’ something unsafe with Fido. Having guests? Ask them to keep their door closed, and to keep things like medicine out of paws’ reach.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Clarkesville, GA animal hospital, with any questions or concerns about your furry pal’s health or care.

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