Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

A dog sits in front of a christmas tree. He has big ears and is wearing a bow for the holidays.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend with your family and friends. However, while you’re enjoying the festivities, don’t forget about your four-legged friend. The holidays can pose several safety risks for your pet, but with a little bit of planning and proactivity, you can be sure that your pet will stay safe even during this busy time of year!

Keep Food Put Away

Food is one of the most common culprits during the holidays. There are so many new smells and interesting foods that are sure to get the attention of your pet. However, many of the foods that are common during the holidays are not good for your pets to inject. Chocolate is one of the worst culprits that can lead to a variety of health issues with your dog.

Give Your Pet a Safe Space

The holidays include a lot of changes in your household. It’s not uncommon for your pet to become stressed out during this time. When stress occurs, sometimes injuries happen. Give your pet a safe area that they can go to get away from the noise and activity. Perhaps you have a spare bedroom or even a cozy crate that they can retreat to from time to time.

Be Mindful of Decorations

Everybody loves to decorate this time of year. However, you want to be sure that your decorations won’t pose a risk to your beloved pet. For instance, you should take some time to make sure that your Christmas tree is secure. You may be surprised to learn that a tipped over tree has led to many broken bones and other serious injuries in pets. Another concern is tinsel. Tinsel attracts animals, especially cats. You want to be sure that tinsel is put up out of the way of your pet, as it may lead to an injury.


There are many holiday plants that can be toxic to your pet. Holly and mistletoe are two plants that you want to be sure that your pet doesn’t have access to.

Be Wary of Gift Placement

The last thing anybody wants is for their gift to get ripped to shreds. However, this destructive behavior can lead to the ingestion of various objects. You definitely don’t want your pet to have to undergo an emergency surgery! Make sure that you keep gifts in a safe spot and definitely be mindful of food gifts as this will absolutely attract your furry friend.

Be Sensitive About Strangers

Remember, your pet may not be used to seeing so many strangers at once. Be aware that some of your guests may not know how to interact with your pet, especially younger children. Take a moment to make sure that your pet is safe and that people who interact with it are kind and courteous to your animal.

Avoid Runaways

Sometimes, during the holidays, pets get spooked for a variety of reasons. Make sure that your pet is properly chipped and that you’ve put some safety precautions in place to ensure that your pet remains comfortable and calm throughout the holidays.


The holidays are a fun time of year that we at Windermere Animal Hospital want you to enjoy. However, we also want to keep your pet safe and healthy throughout this time of year, too! Keep these considerations in mind so you can keep spending your time with family and friends. Nobody wants an unexpected vet bill this time of year. However, if you should need our services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!