Jingle Pups, Jingle Pups, Jingle All the Way!

It is that wonderful, crazy time of the year again with decorating, gifts, parties and family gatherings. During the holiday season, we can’t forget our furry loved ones! Here are some safety tips and warnings to keep in mind, courtesy of one our local vets at Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach.


Ingesting chocolate can result in agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death. Some nuts can cause lethargy, fever, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness and inability to walk.


Alcoholic beverages, if ingested by your pets, may cause a host of dangerous symptoms, including coma and seizures. Artificial sweeteners can cause liver failure. Be sure to avoid candies, particularly gum, which may have these dangerous chemicals.


Tinsel, ribbons, and similar decorations can cause cuts or obstructions in the intestinal tract if swallowed. Some lights and any lit candles may cause burns or fires if knocked over or if hot wax drips on your pet.


Holly, Mistletoe, and Poinsettias may cause irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and heart arrhythmia if ingested, in both cats and dogs. Christmas trees, if not sturdy, can fall and cause harm, and the water beneath the tree can be full of harmful fertilizers.


Keep raw dough out of your pet’s reach. If eaten, it can expand in your pet’s stomach and could become a life-threatening emergency. Both baking soda and baking powder are highly toxic, along with nutmeg and other spices, for your pets.


Pets may experience digestive problems, including diarrhea and vomiting, when eating fatty foods. It may even lead to pancreatitis. Bones can cause perforations and constipation.


If chewed on, live electrical cords can cause burns, difficulty breathing, seizures and cardiac arrest. Beware of packaging, twist ties, etc. which are a hazard if swallowed.


Some guests may be uncomfortable around your pets. Your pets might also be uncomfortable around groups of unfamiliar people. Keep a separate quiet place for pets during celebrations.



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