Holiday Health Hazards for Pets

As homes fill with holiday spirit, new sights, smells and tastes may intrigue your pets. While you’re enjoying the season, you may be endangering your four-legged friend. Keep an eye out for pet health hazards that surface over the holidays.

Christmas Wrappings 

As you wrap up your holiday gifts, pets might mistake tinsel, ribbon, wrapping paper and gifts as chew toys. If swallowed, this foreign matter might not show up on an x-ray. If diagnosed, surgery is needed for removal of matter that does not pass on its own. No matter how cute your dog looks wrapped up in a bow, or how adorable your cat looks pawing at tinsel, keep them far away from Christmas wrappings.

Holiday Lights

A little twinkle on your tree or in your yard may be a holiday tradition, but it can be deadly for pets. String lights above your pets’ reach whenever possible, and make sure extension cords are cleared and out of the way. It’s not just a chewing hazard: frayed cords can be an electrical shock risk if your pets come in contact with them.


Whether dropped on the floor or fed by hand, pets overindulge during holiday meals just as much as their owners do. These foods cause everything from stomach pains to pancreatitis, which is comes from eating fatty foods. Instead of giving out human food, have a bowl of holiday pet treats for family and guests handy so your pets can indulge healthily.


What are the holidays without sipping hot cocoa on a cold winter night or enjoying chocolate pie? Chocolate is a wonderful snack for human. To dogs and cats, it’s toxic and sometimes fatal. With all the chocolate in circulation this holiday, stay alert for symptoms of chocolate poisonings – everything from diarrhea and  vomiting to tremors and seizures. Contact a veterinarian immediately if you think rover exhibits any symptoms.


Even though you want to find your partner under the mistletoe this holiday season, make sure to keep your pets far away. Mistletoe is toxic to pets and if ingested seek veterinary consultation immediately.

For holiday accidents, Aspen Grove provides Urgent Pet Care for pets needing immediate response. Walk-ins are welcome; however, we strongly encourage you to call first so that we may prepare for your arrival. Aspen Grove’s Urgent Pet Care hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. through noon.

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