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As we enter into the full swing of the holiday season, our festivities will be a little different this year.  Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to need to celebrate conscientiously.  This care should extend beyond our human companions to our pets.

So as the decorations go up and the parties begin, let’s go over a few things to keep our four-legged friends safe and part of the fun:


It is relatively common knowledge (especially for astute pet parents like yourself) that chocolate is a definite no-no for your dog.  However, candy, in general, poses many threats to your pet’s health.  An ingredient called Xylitol (a low-cal sweetener) is lurking in many sweets.  If your pet ingests Xylitol, understand it is toxic and can cause severe issues to their liver and blood sugar that could prove lethal.  It is imperative that you seek immediate medical help for your animal.


When it comes to food, a little precaution goes a long way.  It is okay for your pet to partake in some of the whole foods you are serving.  That means turkey meat (no skin or bones) and fresh vegetables (not ones in sauces or casseroles.)  Also, beware of appetizers and fruits (fresh and especially dried) you put out for your guests.  These can be toxic for your pet.


As we toast with cocktails throughout this season, we need to keep all alcoholic beverages out of reach for our pets. Alcohol can lower both your dog’s blood pressure and body temperature, leading to a coma or respiratory failure.


Holiday décor can consist of many material types.  Whether it is a fresh Christmas tree or a paper garland, ingested decorations can be a threat to your pet’s well-being.


It is a great idea to make sure you and your fellow revelers are cleaning up around you during festivities. Paper products (be that from unwrapped presents or candy) can cause serious obstructions for your animals.  And don’t forget about the trash can – the enticing aromas from your amazing meals can be all too tempting for any dog to attempt a dumpster dive!

Lastly, if you know your dog will be a challenge to keep out of everything or is not a party animal (pun intended), then by all means, give them a comfortable place to hang out while the festivities are in full swing.  It will keep them content and allow you peace of mind.

If your pet requires immediate help, contact your local emergency pet hospital, or call the Pet Poison Hotline at (855) 764-7661, or visit their website at

As we move through the end of this challenging year, let us make our celebrations be both safe and joyful for all!  Happy holidays!


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