Holiday Safety for Dogs

With the holiday season now in full swing, many of us are busy shopping, cooking, and decorating. If you have a dog, your canine pal will be right there with you as you start your preparations. Just remember to always put Fido’s safety first. This can be a dangerous time of year for dogs! Read on as a local Orangevale, CA vet discusses holiday safety for dogs.


Your pooch will definitely be paying close attention to that delicious seasonal food! If you want to get your furry buddy’s tail wagging, go ahead and give him a special treat. Just be sure to only choose safe, suitable foods. Avoid giving your pet anything that contains garlic, onions, or scallions; alcohol; chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, or raisins; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also on the no-no list, as are raw meat, dough, or yeast. What can you give your pup? Store bought treats are fine, but you can also offer Fido some cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat.


Decorations can be very hazardous to dogs! Trees present quite a few possible dangers. Tinsel, ribbons, garlands, and needles all pose serious choking hazards. Fido could also get tangled up in lights. Tree water is another concern, as it could contain dangerous residues from pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals. Broken ornaments can also cause injuries, as can ornament hooks. Use sturdy decorations, and keep most of your lights and ornaments on the top part of the tree. You can also use taste deterrent, or block off the tree with a baby gate.


As you may know, our canine friends aren’t exactly shy about snagging themselves some leftovers from the trash. After a big meal, your garbage may be filled with things that are very dangerous to Fido, such as plastic wrappers, tin foil, toothpicks, bones, and can lids. Use a trash can with a secure lid.

Heating Elements

Heaters and fireplaces may make your home look and feel cozy, but they don’t mix well with dogs. Use secure grates to keep Fido away from heating elements. You’ll also want to keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure places. Better safe than sorry!

Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your Orangevale, CA pet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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