Happy Holidays! Many of us are quite busy at this special time of year, baking, shopping, and putting up decorations. In all the hustle and bustle, it can be very easy to forget that the holidays bring some very specific dangers for our canine pals. In this article, a Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some common holiday dangers for dogs.


It’s fine to give Fido some special snacks around the holidays, but pay close attention to what your pooch eats. Caffeine; chocolate; alcohol; macadamia nuts; raw dough; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados; garlic, onions, and chives; and products containing xylitol are all very dangerous for dogs!


Tinsel, garlands, and ornaments are all dangerous for Fido, as he could easily get entangled in them, or choke on them. Lights are another issue: make sure to secure your wires! Ornaments and ornament hooks are also hazardous to our canine pals. Additionally, the water bowl for real trees can contain toxic residue: be sure to cover it, so Fido can’t eat it.


If you use a fireplace or fire pit, use protective grates to keep Fido safe. Also, be sure to only burn candles in high, secure spots your pooch can’t reach.


Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe are all hazardous to dogs. Christmas cactuses are also very dangerous to your furry buddy. Keep these plants well out of Fido’s reach, or, better yet, use fake ones.


Man’s Best Friend is a wonderful companion, but he does have a few bad habits, such as chewing inappropriately. If your pup tends to chew things, keep gifts out of his reach. Your pet could choke on ribbons or gift-wrap, or eat something that is dangerous for him, such as batteries.


If you’re planning to host guests or events this year, keep a close eye on your pooch as people arrive at and leave your home, to make sure Fido doesn’t slip out an open door. Many dogs are frightened by the sounds of New Year’s Eve celebrations, so put your canine pal in a quiet back room with food, treats, and toys when the festivities begin.

All of us here at your local Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic want to wish you a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season. Please call us with any questions or concerns about your canine friend’s health or care. We are happy to help!