According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the winter holiday season is the busiest for North American veterinarians due to the fact that time-strapped and frazzled pet owners often don’t consider the dangerous and even toxic risks linked to these eight holiday animal hazards.
The holidays should be a time for festivity and cheer—for humans and pets—so let’s pinpoint a few not so merry dangers to help keep our furry friends safe this Christmas season…
1. Seasonal Plants
Poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, Christmas cacti, or pine and balsam boughs sure lend charming sights and smells to your home décor around the holidays. Often, friends and loved ones give holiday plants as gifts without ever anticipating the hazards they pose to our pets.
According to the journal, Veterinary Technician, all of the above listed plants and live décor can cause dog or cat toxicity, or poisoning, if they are ingested by your pet. Symptoms can include vomiting, gastrointestinal upset, drooling, diarrhea, a drunken appearance, fainting, seizure, and even death.