The Humane Society knows the holidays can be fun for people and pets, but don’t forget to think about your pet’s safety this time of year! Below you’ll find some tips to help keep your pets safe from the hazards of the holidays.
And, to thank you for being such an awesome supporter of pets in need, follow this link to get some pet-themed holiday gift tags. You can print them at home and use them in all your holiday gift-giving!
The following items are hazardous to your pets’ health, so take care to keep them out of reach. Keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates, and keep your garbage cans securely covered.
- Leftovers – bones can easily splinter and cause a medical emergency or even death, while fatty and spicy foods can cause stomach upset.
- Candy – can be toxic to pets, especially chocolate and anything with xylitol.
- Adult beverages – these can be seriously dangerous for your furry friends. Keep them out of reach!
- Citrus peel and fruit pits – citric acid and the oils in fruit pits and seeds can cause irritation.
- Grapes and raisins – can cause kidney problems.
Holiday décor and plants:
- Make sure your tree and ornaments are secure and out of reach. Broken ornaments, toppled trees, and ingested decorations can result in a trip to the pet ER. Ingested tree needles can puncture the intestinal lining or cause an obstruction, while the water in your tree stand may contain fertilizers and bacteria which cause nausea or diarrhea.
- Mistletoe, holly, poinsettia, and many types of lilies are dangerous for pets. Poinsettia can cause irritation, while mistletoe and holly cause nausea and vomiting. Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.
- Candles and wires can cause serious injury. Keep them out of reach of small paws to avoid burns and shocks.
- Keep your pets inside whenever possible. If it’s cold outside to you, it’s cold outside to them.
- If your pet lives outside, we recommend a warm, waterproof shelter that is raised up a few inches off the ground to keep them warm.
- When your pet comes back inside after going out, be sure to wipe off their legs and stomach to get all the ice, snow, and even salt off them.
- When starting your car up in the morning, first bang on the hood to make sure no kitties or other wildlife have climbed into your engine during the night.
- Antifreeze is poisonous to cats, dogs, and wildlife, so make sure you clean up any spills.
Visitors and loud noises:
- Let guests know ahead of time that you have pets in your home.
- Provide a safe and quiet space for your pet to retreat if they become overwhelmed by visitors, children, or noises.
- Make sure any medication of yours or your guests are securely locked away.
In case of emergency:
- Prepare for emergencies by gathering all the info you would need – such as the closest emergency vet and their hours, plus your regular vet’s contact info and holiday hours.
- If you have concerns about the conditions a pet is being kept in, please call Animal Law Enforcement at 719-302-8798 (for both Colorado Springs and Pueblo). We’re here to help!